Water management is an important part of our environmental approach.
Water is an important resource we depend on in our operations. We use water primarily for cooling and steam production. Our refining and manufacturing sites reuse water to reduce the amount of ground and fresh water withdrawn.
Over half of the water we use is surface water and the remainder is mostly ground water. The source of water depends on the location of the facility. We use a small amount of potable water and source recycled water from some industrial providers located close to our manufacturing sites. Some of our sites use sea water for cooling, while others draw water from freshwater sources such as rivers, aquifers or local water supplies.
Our total water use increased by approximately 6% to 161.8 million m3 in 2017 primarily due to increased production. Water intensity decreased by approximately 2% from 2016 to 2017.