Chevron is taking prudent cost-effective actions to address climate change and is committed to working with policymakers to design balanced and transparent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions policies that address environmental goals and ensure consumers have access to affordable, reliable and ever cleaner-energy
update to climate change resilience
climate change resilience:
a framework for decision making
At Chevron, we believe that managing climate change risks is an important element of our strategic focus to return superior value to stockholders. Although we cannot forecast exactly what will happen in the future, we believe Chevron’s governance, risk management and strategy processes are sufficient to mitigate the risks and capture low-carbon business opportunities associated with climate change. Throughout our long history, we have shown our resilience through our ability to adapt to changing conditions in the marketplace, and we will continue to adjust our business as needed to effectively and proactively manage climate change risks.
We believe climate change is real and human activity contributes to it. Chevron shares the concerns of governments and the public about climate change. We recognize the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the use of fossil fuels contributes to increases in global temperatures. Chevron does not conduct original climate research. We align our outlook and activity with the principles of the IPCC. We see the Paris Agreement as a step forward to meeting this global challenge.
investing in low-carbon business opportunities
providing strong governance
Chevron’s governance structure includes multiple avenues for the Board of Directors and executive leadership to exercise their oversight responsibilities with respect to climate change risks, including through our Public Policy, Strategy and Planning, and Global Issues committees, each of which meets regularly throughout the year. We periodically reassess our governance structure to ensure that Chevron maintains a Board composition and framework that is effective for managing the company’s performance and risks to our business as we strive to deliver value to our stockholders.
and managing risk
Chevron faces a broad array of risks, including market, operational, strategic, legal, regulatory, political and financial risks. We undertake an enterprise-wide process to identify major risks to the company and ensure that appropriate mitigation plans are in place. As part of this process, we conduct an annual risk review with executive leadership and the Board of Directors.
setting business strategy
Chevron’s strategic and business planning processes bring together the company’s views on energy market conditions to guide decision making by executive leadership and facilitate discussion with the Board of Directors. The energy demands of the world are greater today than at any other time in human history. Most energy experts agree oil and gas will account for about half of global energy consumption for at least the next two decades under almost any market scenario, even when government policy increasingly aims to cut GHG emissions. Due to declining production from existing sources, the world will need substantial investment in oil and gas projects to meet demand for affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy. As part of our strategic planning process, we use our proprietary models to forecast demand, energy mix, supply, commodity pricing and carbon prices – all of which include assumptions about future policy developments, such as those that may be implemented in support of the Paris Agreement.
Our Policy Principles for Addressing Climate Change guide our actions.
We take prudent, practical and cost-effective actions to address potential climate change risks as part of our commitment to running our business the right way and to unlocking the potential for progress and prosperity everywhere we work. Below are examples of some of the actions we are taking in the areas of greenhouse gas management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and emerging technology, and investing in the innovations and innovators of tomorrow.
greenhouse gas management
we are committed to managing the GHG emissions from our operations
we strive to use energy as efficiently as possible in our own operations
we believe renewable energy and emerging technology will play a role in meeting future energy demand
we take an open-innovation approach to technology development and invest in the next generation of energy technology and industry innovators