ExxonMobil's global freshwater consumption in 2016 was 290 million cubic meters. This represents a 10 million cubic meter decrease when compared to our 2015 global freshwater consumption. Since 2012, we have actively maintained our freshwater consumption below our 2011 performance.
*We report freshwater intensity alongside consumption data in our performance data. Freshwater intensity is the ratio of net freshwater consumption to the amount of throughput or production. Normalized in this way, we can better understand how efficiently we are using freshwater in our operations. Data collection began in 2007. Includes XTO Energy data beginning in 2011. ExxonMobil’s total freshwater consumption includes use by refineries and chemical plants, oil and gas production, and onshore shale resources development in the United States, principally onshore shale resources development.