Raising energy efficiency, reducing emissions
We recognize that the quality of life for future generations will depend on how well we manage energy consumption today. Accordingly, the first pillar of our carbon management strategy consists of concerted efforts to shrink our carbon footprint, including working closely with the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, growing the contribution of renewables in the energy mix, and expanding gas supplies with a plan to increase the share of clean gas in power generation.
In 2017, Saudi Aramco flaring intensity remained at less than 1% of our annual gas production and we continued progress toward our eventual goal of zero routine flaring. As part of our Flaring Minimization Program, we completed the installation of multiple flare gas recovery systems, including at our onshore Safaniyah facilities.
In line with our efforts to boost energy efficiency, our Energy-to-the-Kingdom (E2K) initiative contributed to the Kingdom raising its utility sector efficiency to 37.9% by year-end, an improvement of nearly 6 percentage points since 2013.
Our Peak Summer Production Program provided additional volumes of nonassociated gas to reduce the use of liquids in power generation during the summer. In 2017, we displaced 11.5 million barrels of crude oil equivalent, freeing up higher value liquids while reducing emissions. We also continued our collaboration with the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program to promote energy efficiency practices through awareness campaigns.