Our responsibility to protect the environment is significant, and performance improvements have been made over the last few years through the application of our global Environmental Standard, bringing improvements most notably in relation to waste and water management.
For example, during the past several years we've issued detailed wastewater management guidelines and have been tracking discharge compliance with either local requirements or our often more demanding internal standards.
Land management at our manufacturing and field operations remains a high priority and we have identified key areas for improvement, in particular resource consumption and emissions.
And increasingly we will apply our technical abilities to the reduction of our environmental footprint, particularly in the design and engineering of our products.
Our base in Aracaju, Brazil, received a quarterly Schlumberger Environmental Excellence Award after discovering a novel approach to reducing onsite water consumption and electricity usage as well as a way of treating sewage to form a wetland that processes organic matter.