Our commitment is demonstrated by our objective to reduce waste by 50 kilotons for the 2015-2020 period. In addition to this quantitative objective, we have defined qualitative actions to improve our waste management, reflected in the implementation of Environmental Performance Practices (EPP), Company guidelines that lay down a set of common standards, regardless of the geographical region we are operating in and the specific laws of each country.
To reach our goals, we implement actions to reduce both hazardous and non-hazardous waste across all Company areas, and we have improved how we manage it. For example, at Refining and Chemicals, we have made tank bottom cleaning more efficient and we have increased the drying of waste thanks to improvements in the use of centrifuges. In Exploration and Production, we have come up with ways of reducing the amount of waste transported to dumps by either recovering it ourselves, or through third parties. In the Lubricants area, we participate in the Ecoembes Integrated Management System (SIG in Spanish), aimed at selective collection and retrieval of packaging waste for subsequent treatment, recycling, and recovery.
A fundamental factor in achieving all of this is to collaborate with partners in search of initiatives and projects that are related to the circular economy, resulting in shared benefits.