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California Resources Expands Environmental Goals

California Resources Corp. announced Friday it was expanding some of its environmental goals that focus on providing low carbon intensity fuel now and net zero fuel in the future.

California Resources Corp. announced Friday it was expanding some of its environmental goals that focus on providing low carbon intensity fuel now and net zero fuel in the future.

The Valencia oil and natural gas producer updated its methane emissions reduction goal by 30% from its 2020 baseline by 2030. This goal builds on a previous methane reduction goal to reduce emissions by 50% from its 2013 baseline by 2030, a goal that was surpassed in 2018, the company said in a release.

“Because we have been able to achieve significant methane reductions to date, our updated methane goal significantly exceeds California’s own 2030 methane reduction goal,” the company added in the release.

Additionally, the company updated its freshwater usage reduction goal to reduce water usage in its low carbon-intensity fuel production by 30% from its 2022 baseline by 2025. That would exceed California’s voluntary 15% water use reduction target.

“California Resources consistently produces more water for California water districts (5 billion gallons of treated, reclaimed water in 2021) than we consume for our own operations, which means we are net water positive,” the company said in its statement. “Given the water challenges California faces, CRC will continue to provide water safely and reliably for the state while we advance our focus on further reducing our consumption.”

Among other projects that the company is pursuing to reach environmental goals is the carbon capture and storage project of its subsidiary Carbon TerraVault to repurpose depleted oil and natural gas reservoirs and other geologic formations into safe and permanent geological storage reservoirs for CO2.

Chief Executive Mac McFarland said that the company’s environmental, social and governance goals demonstrate its commitment to the energy transition and is proud to continue a path to develop carbon capture and storage and other emissions reducing projects.

“California Resources is dedicated to being a significant part of the solution for reaching and maintaining carbon neutrality, and helping California meet its emissions reduction goals,” McFarland said in a statement.

Shares of California Resources (CRC) closed down on Friday by $1.62, or 3.6%, to $42.99 on the New York Stock Exchange, on day when the Dow Jones closed down 2.8%.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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