Water: a circular approach
In water-scarce areas we develop water management plans for our facilities. These investigate long-term risks to water availability, consider any impact on water resources in the surrounding watershed, and set out measures to minimise the use of fresh water.
We are now going further and adding a goal for our water use to improve these plans.
Four of our major facilities are currently located in areas of high water stress based on analysis using a combination of water stress tools, such as the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, and information specific to the local environment. These are in Qatar (Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant), Singapore (Shell Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom refinery) and the Philippines (Tabangao).
We design and operate our facilities so that more water can be reused and recycled, and less fresh water is needed. We look for alternatives to using fresh water, such as recycling water, and using processed waste water.