supporting diverse environmental programs

green turtle hatching going to the ocean

Green sea turtle in Derawan Island, Kalimantan, Indonesia.

We are committed to protecting people and the environment wherever we operate. Protecting people and the environment are integral components of The Chevron Way. Adhering to The Chevron Way means that we conduct our business in a socially and ethically responsible manner, respecting the law and universal human rights to benefit the communities where we work.

In Indonesia and around the globe, we operate our oil and gas operations in accordance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and recognized global industry standards. We apply the same standards and best practice in environmental management and continue to seek new ways to minimize our footprint and improve environmental and social performance.


We have invested in several environmental programs approved by the government and have been recognized as a leading industry which reduced air emissions, produced water and solid waste associated with our operations.


We have successfully reduced air emissions from operations by 70 per cent over the last ten years and started a project to eliminate produced water discharge from operations. In the Minas field, we practice zero water discharge, or Zewadi, where instead of discharging produced water into the environment, it is re-injected back into the earth to produce more oil. By implementing Zewadi, Chevron Indonesia successfully meets and exceeds the Government of Indonesia’s regulations that aim to conserve the environment. In late 2017, we were honored with the Sustainable Business Award Indonesia (SBA-I) 2017 in the Best Water Management category. 

We focus social investment programs on biodiversity and environment conservation, with an emphasis on activities which contribute to local economic growth. We support various rehabilitation and conservation programs throughout Indonesia.

rehabilitating forests

Since 2003, we have successfully re-established approximately 20 acres (80,000 sq. meters) of mangroves in Penajam area, in south Balikpapan. We also play an active role in rehabilitating the Telaga Sari City Forest in Balikpapan. We helped establish the Telaga Sari Educational Forest Center, which is now managed by 18 local schools. We also take part in tree planting initiatives: some 5,000 local trees have already been planted in the city forest. In 2013, we started a tree nursery to ensure a supply of healthy seedlings. In partnership with Conservation International and local organizations in West Java and Riau we established a three-year sustainable environmental program in late 2015. The program focuses on biodiversity monitoring, community engagement and reforestation. In Riau, Rumbai Forest Nature Park is a crucial part of the ecosystem in Riau. This 400-hectare parcel of secondary forest houses more than 103 animals and 120 species of plants since 1988, making it the “lungs” of Pekanbaru city.

supporting endangered species

We joined the park and the Raptor Sanctuary partnership network to create the Suaka Elang (Raptor Sanctuary). This sanctuary has bird rescue operations and educates the public about these birds of prey and their habits. We also supported a study of the endangered Sumatran tiger population in the Duri area. Through our Eye of the Forest project, we worked with Conservation International to monitor threatened and endangered species such as the Javan leopard.

establishing the Green Corridor

In 2011, we worked with Mount Halimun Salak National Park, the Kehati Foundation and local partners to establish the Green Corridor Initiative to help restore more than 1,250 acres (5 sq. km) of critical ecological zones in the park. This initiative aims to plant at leads 250,000 native trees over five years.

protecting marine ecosystems

In East Kalimantan, we helped establish the Berau Marine Protected Area. To promote ecotourism, we worked with National Geographic Indonesia to produce a map of marine ecosystems in the Berau Islands. In late 2014, we launched a multiyear Maratua Ecotourism for Sustainable Small Island (MESSI) program.

The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry acknowledges this program as a significant initiative to protect one of the world’s coral triangle, Maratua Island, from climate change. In November 2017, Chevron was selected and invited to present about the program at the 23th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) in Bonn, Germany.

Together with our implementing partner, we initiated collaborative actions for enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation, improving the economic welfare of the community, increasing community participation in utilizing and conserving biodiversity by developing productive economic activities through marine eco-tourism’s community-based management, setting up community institution to support ecotourism activities and educational tour, and developing integrated cooperation through multi-stakeholder forums and coordination during program development. Marine biodiversity conservation is implemented through rehabilitation program of coral, green sea turtle, and mangrove at Maratua Island.