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2030 Sustainability Agenda

Our Ambitious Targets at a Glance

2030 Sustainability Agenda

Through our 2030 Sustainability Strategy, we are extending our legacy as a responsible producer of oil and gas so that we can continue to maximize value for our nation.

We are reinforcing our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship across six sustainability pillars.

Pillar 1 – Climate, Emissions, and Energy

We will decrease our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) intensity by 25% by 2030. We will expand our CCUS capacity by 500%.

One of the ways we will achieve a lower GHG intensity is through the expansion of the capacity of our Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) program, which currently captures 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (C02) annually to reach 5 million tonnes) every year by 2030. This will strengthen our position as one of the least carbon-intensive oil and gas producers in the world.

Pillar 2 – Local Environment

We will limit freshwater consumption to below 0.5% of our total water use.

Today, over 99% of the water we use for cooling purposes is extracted seawater, which is discharged back to sea after undergoing treatment to ensure compliance with our strict discharge standards.

We will plant 10 million mangrove seedlings in Al Dhafra Region.

Mangroves have enormous capacity to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, trapping them in flooded soils. Mangroves also support rich biodiversity and provide habitat for marine life, and act as a valuable natural defense against rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

Pillar 3 – Economic and Social Contribution

We will achieve an ICV score of 50 across the full value chain by 2030.

In January 2018, we launched the In-Country Value (ICV) program to encourage private-sector partnerships, improve knowledge-transfer, and generate skilled jobs for UAE nationals. The success of this program reinforces our role as the primary catalyst of the UAE’s socio-economic development while focusing on the safety of our employees and the integrity of our assets.

Pillar 4 - Workforce Diversity and Development

By 2022, we will ensure that each operating company includes female representation at board level.

We have made significant progress against the three gender-diversity pledges we set in 2016: By 2020, (1) appoint at least one female CEO at one of our Group Companies; (2) ensure 15% of our senior managers are women; and (3) increase the number of Emirati women recruits to 30%.

Our first two female CEOs – Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO of ADNOC LNG and Chairperson of the ADNOC Gender Balance Committee, and Tayba Al Hashemi, CEO of Al Yasat Petroleum – have served in their chief executive positions since April 2018.

By the end of 2019, we achieved the target of ensuring 15% of senior managers are women one year ahead of schedule. Strong headway continues to be made in the company’s recruitment efforts, as well, with Emirati women increasingly filling critical roles, not only in our corporate offices, but in technical operations at sites such as Al Rumaitha oil field, Zirku Island, and Das Island.

Pillar 5 – Health, Safety, and Security

We will be the global benchmark for safety and asset integrity.

At ADNOC, we manage and safeguard the integrity of our facilities, operating systems, and processes by complying with the UAE legislation and applying industry-wide HSE and process safety standards. We will continue to follow the highest industry norms in process safety and asset integrity, considering requirements of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Pillar 6 – Business Sustainability

We will integrate risk management across operations and business planning. We will strengthen collaboration in environmental protection, conservation, and sustainable development.

We are committed to operating the business in a fair, transparent, and risk-conscious manner across the value chain. Wherever our employees go, we ensure that our values of Collaborative, Efficient, Progressive, Responsible, Respectful, and 100% HSE are embedded in the way we do business.

Our 2030 goals sustainability strategy is further supported by a framework agreement we signed with EAD and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in February 2020, which explores opportunities for greater collaboration in environmental protection and conservation.

This collaboration builds on the long-standing partnership with EAD that has enabled us to carry out stringent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) surveys and undertake environmental monitoring activities so that we can preserve the UAE’s natural assets for generations to come. The framework agreement solidifies our commitment to supporting conservation efforts across Abu Dhabi and significantly contributes to the UAE’s environmental and sustainability goals, underscoring our strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance so that we can deliver more energy while mitigating our environmental impact.

In addition, our goals align with the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support:

  • SDG 5 - Gender equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13 - Climate action
  • SDG 14 - Life below water
  • SDG 15 - Life on land