By carefully and thoughtfully increasing efficiency and reducing emissions and waste, we are enabling a better future. Through the diligent application of our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS), our employees continually seek new ways to improve our manufacturing facilities, offices and logistics operations in the key areas below.
This section provides details on the environmental performance of ExxonMobil's Chemical business. For additional information on our social and economic contributions and environmental data from other parts of the corporation, see our Corporate Citizenship Report.
Health and safety
Taking a proactive approach to safety rooted in our OIMS builds layers of protection into our operations and processes to help prevent harmful incidents. In 2016, we had the lowest number of high-potential process safety incidents and the lowest number of injuries to our workforce — in our history. There were just six recordable injuries to employees and there were no lost time injuries to any of our employees globally. In fact, we are coming up on four years without a lost time injury to any of our employees. In 2016, the lost time incident rate (LTIR) was 79% lower than the 10-year annual average from 2007 to 2016.
In 2016, the LTIR was down 79%.
For short-term success, our Global Energy Management System (GEMS), a tool within OIMS, identifies energy saving and emission reduction opportunities. In the medium term, we are deploying proven technologies, such as cogeneration and carbon capture and storage, where technically and economically feasible.
As a result of our activities, net equity GHG emission intensity (metric tons/100 tons of production) in 2016 has fallen 9% across our Chemical business, compared to the 10-year annual average from 2007 to 2016.
In 2016, the Chemical business reduced VOC emission intensity by 21% from a 10 year annual average of 0.34 to 0.27 metric tons per 1000 metric tons of production.
Combined VOC, NOx and SOx emission intensity was down 7% from a 10-year annual average of 0.74 to 0.69 metric tons per 1000 metric tons of production (For detailed VOC, NOx and SOx emission data see the Corporate Citizenship Report.)
In 2016, flaring dropped 9% across our operations.
ExxonMobil is a vertically integrated corporation, affording unique opportunities to maximize operational efficiency by controlling factors like waste heat, and sharing resources / infrastructure. For example, incorporation of cogeneration into ExxonMobil’s manufacturing facilities has played a major role in delivering significant energy efficiency opportunities.
Since 2001, ExxonMobil has invested more than $2 billion in cogeneration projects and continues to develop additional opportunities which will save energy and reduce emissions. We also invested $2 billion since 2000 at our refining and chemical facilities around the world.
Over the past decade ExxonMobil has added more than 1,000 megawatts of cogeneration capacity and continue to develop additional investment opportunities (see the Corporate Citizenship Report). With interests in more than 100 installations at more than 30 locations around the world, the approximate 5,500 megawatts of cogeneration capacity is equivalent to the annual energy needs of 2.5 million U.S. homes.
The amount of freshwater consumed (metric tons/100 tons of production) by the Chemical business in 2016 decreased by 14% compared to the 10-year annual average from 2007-2016.
Local water management efforts at our Chemical manufacturing sites contribute to the decline in our water consumption.
In 2016, freshwater consumption dropped 14%.
In 2016, total net waste fell 8%.
ExxonMobil has an integrated contribution program across the corporation to help us maximize the impact of our social and economic development programs. In 2016, ExxonMobil contributed over $242 million to communities around the world with the majority of spending focused on our signature, corporate-led initiatives to improve education, combat malaria and advance economic opportunities for women. Additionally, we supplement our corporate-led initiatives with local, community-specific initiatives that range from workforce development efforts to responding to natural disasters (see the Corporate Citizenship Report for more information).