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Over the next few decades, population and income growth — and an unprecedented expansion of the global middle class — are expected to create new demands for energy and hydrocarbon-based products. 

ExxonMobil is developing products that help customers reduce their emissions and improve their energy efficiency. For example, we are: 

  • Expanding the supply of cleaner-burning natural gas to reduce emissions in power generation;
  • Creating lightweight plastics and other materials for a range of consumer products; and
  • Developing premium, high-efficiency fuels and lubricants.

Natural gas

Natural gas is a flexible, abundant and lower-emission fuel that is available across the globe. Because of these important characteristics, the use of natural gas in power generation represents one of the greatest opportunities for society to reduce emissions and transition to a lower greenhouse gas-intensive energy system. On a lifecycle basis, from extraction through electricity consumption, using natural gas yields up to 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than coal. Natural gas is also the ideal partner for intermittent renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, since it can provide reliable power when these renewable sources are not available.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest natural gas producers in the world and is a leader in liquefied natural gas technology, which helps bring more of this cleaner-burning fuel to countries that need it. 

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Photo — Jose Jaquez, a maintenance supervisor in our XTO Energy organization, stands by one of our drilling rigs in the Permian.

Chemical materials

Materials developed by ExxonMobil provide a wide range of benefits in many consumer applications, including resilient, lightweight plastics that are used by automotive manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight and deliver greater efficiency for drivers. ExxonMobil’s next-generation plastic packaging reduces total product weight and enables more products per shipment, fewer trucks on the road, less fuel and energy used, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately less material to be reused, recovered or recycled. For example, for every 10 percent drop in vehicle weight, fuel economy improves by an estimated 7 percent. Plastic packaging also helps extend the shelf life of fresh food by days or even weeks, improving food safety and reducing food waste. We recognize plastic waste is an issue for societies, and ExxonMobil is engaged with diverse industries in helping to identify solutions.

The demand for auto parts, electronics and other products made from plastics continues to grow. Due to rising natural gas production in the United States, supplies of ethane, a raw natural gas liquid material used to make plastics, has increased over the past decade. This has spurred investments in U.S. chemical manufacturing and associated exports.

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Photo — Emily Russell, a Baytown-area public and government affairs advisor, at the ExxonMobil Mont Belvieu plastics plant in Texas.

Fuels and lubricants

ExxonMobil produces fuels and lubricants that deliver improved vehicle efficiency, reduce emissions and reduce used oils. Our family of high-performance lubricants includes synthetic lubricants, like Mobil 1™ Annual Protection, that need to be replaced less frequently than conventional motor oils, therefore reducing the volume of used oil for disposal or recycling. Our Mobil 1™ Advanced Fuel Economy synthetic lubricant can improve fuel economy versus other motor oils. We also offer premium fuels, such as Synergy™ gasoline and diesel, that can help consumers improve gas mileage and deliver improved engine responsiveness. 

Our lubricants and greases are also used in more than 40,000 wind turbines worldwide. During the next decade, China and the United States — the world’s two largest wind power generators — are poised to drive much of the demand for wind turbine gearbox oil.

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Photo — Jie Ying, a territory manager, at an Esso Station in Jurong, Singapore.
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