Conserving Natural Resources

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To meet society's current and future energy needs, MPC must do our part as responsible stewards of the environment we all share. We are committed to minimizing our environmental impact and reducing our footprint through advanced practices and investments to protect biodiversity, reduce waste, reduce freshwater withdrawal and improve air quality.

Protecting Biodiversity

MPC employs multiple proactive measures to protect plant and animal species and preserve their natural habitats. Our Operational Excellence Management System provides the procedural framework to ensure we account for the potential effects of our activities on ecosystems and prepare necessary mitigation procedures. Our approach also involves ongoing collaboration with applicable state and federal regulatory agencies, including the U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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Reducing Freshwater Withdrawal

MPC strives to actively manage and monitor water use throughout all operations. Responsibly managing the use and sourcing of fresh water is especially critical in water-stressed regions in the U.S. We continually evaluate opportunities to reduce and manage our use of this shared resource, and to further our commitment to water conservation, we voluntarily set a companywide target to reduce freshwater withdrawal intensity by more than 20% by 2030 from 2016 levels.

Through a variety of innovations at our refineries, we have reduced our freshwater withdrawal intensity by over 9% since 2016 and have plans for additional reductions. We adopted a formal, refinery-wide “Focus on Water” program to further assess water use, understand and mitigate water risks and identify opportunities to reduce water use.

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