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December 6, 2021 3:00 PM, EST

Exxon Pledges to Zero Out Some Permian Basin Emissions by 2030

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ExxonMobil Corp. pledged to zero out some greenhouse gas emissions in North America’s biggest oilfield by the end of the decade.

The largest U.S. crude explorer said it’ll reach net-zero air pollution from its Permian Basin wells, processing plants and other infrastructure — known as Scopes 1 and 2 emissions — by the end of 2030, according to an announcement Dec. 6. The target leaves untouched Scope 3 pollution emanating from consumer use of Exxon-made fuels and other products.



The company plans to achieve the Permian reductions by adopting low-carbon electricity sources, slashing natural gas flaring, and expanding efforts to detect methane leaks, according to the statement. Exxon also plans to use emissions offsets.

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