Fresh water withdrawn
million cubic metres
Fresh water withdrawn – million cubic metres (line chart)

The way we manage our use of fresh water is particularly important in areas of the world where the availability of water is constrained due to limited supplies or extensive use. We assess the availability of water where we operate and design and run our facilities in ways that help reduce their water use. (See “Water”).

In 2014, the amount of fresh water we used increased to 199 million cubic metres, from 198 million cubic metres in 2013. Our Downstream business accounted for over 70% of our fresh water use for the manufacture of oil products and chemicals: our Upstream operations used slightly over 25%. At our major facilities in water scarce areas, we are developing water management plans that include how our operations will minimise water use and increase water recycling.