Our operations span the breadth of the Kingdom’s environmental zones. Protection and preservation of our natural environment for future generations is vital to our success.
From the Rub’ al-Khali to the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to our resources, our facilities, and the majority of our employees and their families.
We continue to make great strides in protecting biodiversity near our operational areas: We are establishing a wildlife sanctuary in the Rub’ al-Khali near our Shaybah facility, planting hundreds of thousands of mangroves along targeted shores of the Arabian Gulf, and establishing artificial reefs, among other actions.
We are engaged in promoting the reduction of energy intensity across the Kingdom by advocating responsible policies, public education, and energy innovation. A number of the initiatives are in close cooperation with the government.
We continue making progress toward reducing the environmental impact of our operations through a number of means, in particular, the search for technological solutions to lower greenhouse gas emissions through carbon capture and sequestration, and research into advanced engines and fuel formulations. In a major milestone, we recently launched a pilot program to capture CO2 and inject it underground to enhance oil recovery. We also work to improve wastewater management and preserve groundwater resources, conserve and enhance biodiversity, and minimize waste disposal.
In our residential communities and commercial offices, we replaced half a million incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, which so far are estimated to produce annual energy savings in excess of 42 gigawatt hours, equal to saving more than 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per year.
Our efforts to protect the environment are not limited to Saudi Arabia. We also endeavor to effect positive change on a global scale. With other leaders in the energy industry, we support the efforts of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a collaborative effort that seeks to spur practical action in areas such as the role of natural gas, greenhouse gas reduction, and lasting energy solutions.