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Environment, Health & Safety

Man fishing with boyThe members of the American Petroleum Institute are dedicated to continuous efforts to improve the compatibility of our operations with the environment while economically developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to consumers. We recognize our responsibility to work with the public, the government, and others to develop and to use natural resources in an environmentally sound manner while protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public.

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry reliably provides the energy our nation needs each day to heat our homes, fuel our cars, bring food and goods to market, and cook our meals. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the 9.2 million men and women that support the oil and natural gas industry. But these innovative workers have also developed creative ways to provide this energy in ways that protect the earth we all share. This is because, like you, we all want to enjoy the quality lifestyle reliable energy provides along with a clean, safe and healthy environment. We also understand that the environment we share – the air we all breathe, the water we all drink and the land we all enjoy – is another important element of our quality of life. And through rigorous controls and technological innovations, we are taking better and better care of the natural environment.

Find out more about the industry and the environment in the sections below:

Environmental Principles

The members of API are dedicated to continuous efforts to improve the compatibility of their operations with the environment while economically developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to consumers.

Clean Air

The petroleum industry is committed to improving air quality, while continuing to meet the energy demands of our nation.

Climate Change

API members have established their own industry and individual company goals and are now meeting them through more aggressive action to reduce global warming emissions.

Clean Water

Clean water is vital to life and its supply is limited, so it must be utilized carefully to be sure it is protected for future generations. API and our members work to ensure the continued availability of high quality water.

Health and Safety

API's members are committed to protecting the environment, and the health and safety of all who share it. API's safety and health activities support this commitment through research, standards development, training, information transfer and advocacy.

Energy Efficiency and Recycling

Find out what the oil and natural gas industry is doing to promote energy efficiency and recycling, and what you can do to conserve natural resources including energy and water.

Process Safety

API member companies are committed to conducting business in a manner that protects the safety and health of their employees, others involved in their operations, customers, and the public.

Public-Private Partnerships

The petroleum industry has a long history of public-private partnerships aimed at finding cooperative solutions to environmental, educational and community issues.

Environmental Performance

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry reliably provides the energy our nation needs each day to heat our homes, fuel our cars, bring food and goods to market, and cook our meals. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the 9.2 million men and women that support the oil and natural gas industry. But these innovative workers have also developed creative ways to provide this energy in ways that protect the earth we all share.