Sustainable water solutions
Like all energy producers, ExxonMobil uses water in its operations and is dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible policies and practices.
The intersection between water and energy — now and in the future
When taken in total, the volume of fresh water on earth is enough to support the world’s population. But according to the United Nations, while “there is no global water scarcity as such, an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water.”
Worldwide, the oil and gas industry uses far less water than agriculture or power generation, though it can be a significant user of water at the local level. Regardless of quantity, the oil and gas industry has an important role to play in protecting the quality of water in the areas where it operates.
Physical economic water scarcity
The challenge of sustainability
ExxonMobil is committed to addressing the challenge of sustainability — balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection — so that future generations will not be affected by actions taken today. We recognize the importance of water and our responsibility to local communities and the environment.
Qatar University and ExxonMobil water reuse research
Qatar University and ExxonMobil Research Qatar are partnering to research industrial wastewater reuse technologies.
In particular, researchers are studying phytoremediation, a process using plants to clean and process industrial wastewater naturally in an engineered wetlands system. The treated wastewater could then potentially be reused in non-potable applications, such as park or green-space irrigation. The year-long study is part of ExxonMobil Research Qatar’s water reuse research program.
Spill performanceExxonMobil limits spills from our operations by maintaining a strong focus on risk management, operations integrity and containment capabilities. We take a rigorous approach to managing the potential impacts of a spill on water or land.
Treating spills with dispersants allows microbes to naturally break down crude oilAll marine environments contain naturally occurring microbes that feed on and break down crude oil. This means crude oil is largely biodegradable.
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