Energy and environment

Sustainable water solutions

Like all energy producers, ExxonMobil uses water in its operations and is dedicated to safe and environmentally responsible policies and practices.

Global water supply

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.

250 gallons of water

needed per person per day to generate the electricity used in U.S. homes — over twice the amount of water that person consumes daily

Physical economic water scarcity

Spill performance

ExxonMobil is committed to the prevention and elimination of spills from our operations. We seek to implement industry best practices to continually reduce the number of oil spills.

Sustainability Report

a crude oil container at the fawley refinery in the UK

Treating spills with dispersants allows microbes to naturally break down crude oil

All marine environments contain naturally occurring microbes that feed on and break down crude oil. This means crude oil is largely biodegradable.

Risk management Article

All articles about sustainable water solutions

Water management ExxonMobil seeks to continuously improve the development and implementation of water management strategies, taking into consideration factors such as quality and availability.

Sustainability Report Oct. 24, 2018

ExxonMobil's role in addressing the water challenge We recognize the importance of water and our responsibility to local communities and the environment. As such, we focus our efforts on preventing adverse impacts to water resources and prudently managing the water we do use.

Water Article Sept. 6, 2018

Understanding the relationship between energy and water Globally, agriculture is the largest user of fresh water, accounting for 70 percent of all withdrawals. Although the oil and gas industry uses far less water (industrial use represents less than 5 percent of total withdrawal), it has an important role to play in protecting the quality of water in the areas where it operates.

Water Article Sept. 5, 2018