Water is an essential element that plays a key role in economic growth and environmental sustainability. Protecting and preserving it is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6: Water and sanitation). This also represents one of the biggest challenges facing the Oil & Gas sector. We use water in some of our key processes, both at our Refining and Chemicals industrial complexes and in our Exploration and Production activities.
For decades, we have been managing the water at our facilities sustainably by focusing our efforts on finding new ways to minimize the use of this natural resource, to use it more efficiently, and to preserve its quality.
In 2012, we decided to take our commitment further and we started to treat water as a strategic resource: