Our goal is to operate our businesses in a safe and environmentally friendly manner causing harm to no one, be they employees, contractors, customers, neighbors or communities. As a natural resource company, we know the importance of protecting the air, land and water upon which we all depend.

Environmental Programs

Find out more about our Environmental Programs.

Bohai Environmental Sustainability Initiative

ConocoPhillips is committed to supporting programs that enhance the marine environment and bring long-term benefit to China, with special focus on Bohai Bay and its communities.

We are actively supporting a portfolio of programs focused on preserving and protecting the Bohai Bay environment, and communities along the Bohai Economic Rim. Over time we aim to support a range of programs addressing such diverse environmental issues as sustainable fishing, pollution reduction, wetlands conservation, water quality improvement, marine ecosystem protection and risk management in the Bohai Bay area. These programs will help enhance the long-term health of the bay and nearby communities.

In 2012, ConocoPhillips China independently funded several Bohai Environmental Initiatives including: 1. Conservation for the crane flyway from the Hulunbeier steppe to Bohai Sea. The program will work with people dependent on the resources of wetlands and watersheds to devise economic strategies that safeguard their resource base, while being protecting water fowl and ecosystems. 2. By-Product Synergy (BPS) Initiative to support sustainable urban development by facilitating best practices for waste management, urban infrastructure design, water supply and conservation. COPC also paid approximately USD 16 million (RMB 100 million) to MOA to improve fishery resources and the marine fishery environment in the Bohai Bay, and designated approx. USD 18 million (RMB 113 million ) to SOA , supporting environmental initiatives in Bohai Bay focused on improving marine ecological protection, reducing pollutants, and studying long-term ecological effects in the Bay.

ConocoPhillips will continue to meet with Chinese experts from universities, non-profit and international organizations to receive advice about current and future possible projects.

For more info, please visit Bohai Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

China Environmental Stewardship Award

In November 2013, ConocoPhillips began collaborating with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to establish the China Environmental Stewardship (CES) Awards.

Funded by ConocoPhillips and administered by the IIE, the CES Awards provide financial assistance to promising graduate students and their academic advisors at Chinese universities for study, research and training in the fields of environmental protection, risk management and sustainable development. ConocoPhillips has invested RMB 3.7 million (approx. US $600,000) for the first three years of the program. Four to six multi-year awards will be offered each year. In addition to providing direct financial support for the study, research and training plans of each CES awardee, the program also provides networking and leadership development opportunities to all program participants.
In 2014 and 2015, ten winners received the award.
For more information on the CES Awards, please visit IIE’s website:

International Crane Foundation Nature School Program

The program focuses on environment education for primary school students living in wetlands areas in northeast China including Bohai Bay. The key work scope includes providing nature school course for children in wetland areas and building capacity of college student volunteers so that they can educate the children living in wetlands areas on environment conservation and crane habitats. The program will develop teaching curricula on environment and recruit COPC volunteers for community engagement. In May 2013, 9 COPC staff volunteers attended an 8-day field trip in Huihe Wetland in Inner Mongolia. Together with college student volunteers, they conducted wetland protection courses for local primary schools, visited local villages to promote waterbird protection and made field survey on cranes and water birds along Huihe.

Badaling International Friendship Forest (BIFF)

The Badaling International Friendship Forest, located at the foot of the world-famous Badaling Great Wall, is an environmental park exclusively sponsored by ConocoPhillips. The Park was initiated, designed, planned and developed by the U.S.-China Environmental Fund, and developed by the Badaling Special Zone Administration and Beijing Badaling Tourism General Company.

The objective of the park is to create a harmonious environment that supplements the Badaling Great Wall in protecting and prominently displaying the Wall’s historical heritage, cultural essence and ecological environment.

The park lies between 630 and 800 meters above sea level, covering an area of 133 hectares. The area is located in the monsoon temperate zone with the four seasons of the year providing a beautiful and varied landscape. Trails around the park are lined with signs telling the history and culture of the Wall and teaching visitors about the crucial importance of environmental conservation.

The BIFF, which is free to visit, provides not only an effective way to preserve the ecological environment of the Badaling scenic area, but also a place for visitors to relax and enjoy the splendor of the Great Wall.

ConocoPhillips' initial contribution to the BIFF construction was RMB 5 million (approximately USD 618,000). ConocoPhillips is providing fund each year for maintenance since it opened in 2003. ConocoPhillips’ sponsorship of the BIFF is a source of pride for our employees and is part of the company’s commitment to corporate accountability, environmental protection, and community involvement. ConocoPhillips China employees and their families regularly visit the BIFF for tree planting and clean ups.