Environmental performance

Sustainable business operations

Sometimes, making an impact is about reducing your impact.

For us this means pushing the frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of technology to deliver creative and innovative engineering solutions that enhance our productivity and efficiency while minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.

It means minimizing the amount of energy we use and being vigilant about maintaining the structural integrity of our plants and facilities. It means prudently managing our use of groundwater in our operations, implementing water conservation policies, and maximizing wastewater reuse in our operations.

From developing alternative energy capabilities to implementing emissions-reducing technologies — we consider environmental performance integral to sustainable business performance.

Inspection technologies

Maintaining our infrastructure to the highest standards helps to improve our environmental performance while also increasing our operational efficiency. We are enhancing our maintenance capabilities with innovative technologies that reduce both inspection time and costs.

Water conservation

Born of necessity as an energy company in a desert nation, we have long been pioneers in water conservation. Aramco is committed to conserving water to minimize pressure on natural water resources and maximize its availability to future generations. Water conservation efforts entail optimizing water consumption, minimizing water losses, maximizing wastewater reuse and promoting the use of alternative water resources, including seawater, treated sewage effluent and treated reject streams and the promotion of water conservation awareness among employees, their families, and local communities. Aramco also utilizes renewable energy sources for more sustainable water treatment and conveyance systems.

Waste management

Effective waste management is another area in which we seek to reduce our impact and spread the benefits of our approach throughout the Kingdom. Waste is categorized into three management streams: hazardous, nonhazardous (including municipal) and inert. Management options are ranked by their potential environmental impact, with the highest priority accorded to waste prevention and reduction, followed by reuse, recycling, recovery, and proper treatment and disposal. By using resources more sustainably and converting former waste products into valuable feedstocks, Aramco is incorporating circular economy principles into its value chain. In 2020, the Company successfully piloted an asphalt-rubber mixture for road surfacing, and launched a similar project based on a recycled plastic-asphalt mix.