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Our climate target

Shell's target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society's progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.

Tackling climate change

With this target, we will contribute to a net-zero world, where society stops adding to the total amount of greenhouse gases emissions (GHGs) in the atmosphere.

This supports the more ambitious goal to tackle climate change laid out in the Paris Agreement: to limit the rise in average global temperature to 1.5°Celsius.

Becoming a net-zero emissions energy business means that we are reducing emissions from our operations, and from the fuels and other energy products we sell to our customers. It also means capturing and storing any remaining emissions using technology or balancing them with offsets.

We are transforming our business to meet our target, providing more low-carbon energy such as charging for electric vehicles, hydrogen and electricity generated by solar and wind power.

We are also working with our customers as they make changes, including in sectors that are difficult to decarbonise, such as aviation, shipping, road freight and industry.

Our approach

We believe our emissions peaked in 2018 and we will have to work to bring them down.

We will reduce emissions from our own operations, including the production of oil and gas, by increasing energy efficiency and capturing or offsetting any remaining emissions. Emissions from our own operations make up less than 10% of our total emissions.

Most of our emissions come from the use of the energy we sell, so we must also help our customers cut their emissions when they use that energy. Importantly, our target includes emissions not only from the energy we produce and process ourselves, but also from all the energy products that others produce and we sell to our customers.

We play three roles

We are an energy provider

Becoming a net-zero emissions business means offering customers more low-carbon products, from renewable electricity, to charging for electric vehicles and hydrogen. We aim to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products we sell by 100% by 20501 in step with society. Carbon intensity is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with each unit of energy we sell, and which is used by our customers. This includes the emissions associated with the production, processing, transport and end-use of our energy products.

1compared to 2016 including customers' own offsets.

We play three roles

We are an energy user

Our target is to achieve net-zero emissions from all our operations, as well as from the energy we need to power them. That means that any greenhouse gas emissions from making our products that cannot be avoided will be captured or offset using technology and nature.

We play three roles

We are a partner for change

Working with our customers, we are helping them to address the GHG emissions they produce when they use products bought from us. We are also helping our customers to find ways to reduce their overall carbon footprints. Partnering with others includes supporting government policies to reduce carbon emissions, sector by sector.

What are we already doing?

At Shell we are already changing as an energy provider, an energy user and a partner for change.

Avoid, reduce, offset

As an energy provider

At home

In Great Britain, we provide hundreds of thousands of homes with 100% certified renewable electricity.*

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*Our renewable electricity is certified by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs), which means that all the electricity customers buy from us is matched with the equivalent number of units from 100% renewable sources in the UK.

As an energy provider

On the move

We are meeting the growing needs of electric vehicle drivers - at home, at work or on the road. In total, we offer drivers access to more than 185,000 public electric vehicle charging facilities in more than 35 countries.

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Electric-vehicle charging

As an energy provider

On the move

We have agreed to buy ubitricity, a European provider of on-street charging for electric vehicles.

Shell agrees to buy ubitricity

As an energy provider

On the move

Through Raízen in Brazil, a joint venture with biofuels company Cosan, Shell is one of the world's largest sugar-cane ethanol producers.

Biofuels

As an energy provider

For business

We are exploring ways to produce hydrogen using offshore wind power. In 2020, with our joint venture partner Eneco, we were awarded a tender to build the Hollandse Kust (Noord) offshore wind farm.

Plan for wind power to drive Rotterdam hydrogen plant

As an energy provider

For business

MP2 Energy, part of Shell, is using advanced technologies to meet the lower-carbon energy needs of businesses and organisations.

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MP2

As an energy provider

For business

We are supplying carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas and have delivered to business customers in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and China.

Delivering carbon-neutral LNG

As an energy provider

Generating renewable power

NoordzeeWind, a Shell joint venture, is a supplier of renewable energy into the European market through its 36 offshore wind turbines.

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Building a lower-carbon power business

As an energy provider

Generating renewable power

Our first solar project in the Middle East is helping to power a smelting company in Oman and cutting its carbon emissions in the process.

Powering industry with help from the sun

As an energy user

Using new equipment and advanced technology for greater efficiency in our oil and gas operations

We are installing new furnaces at our Moerdijk petrochemicals plant in the Netherlands. This could reduce the plant's annual CO2 emissions by around 10%.

Investing in new furnaces

As an energy user

Using cleaner power

We are using solar power at a growing number of our sites, including an installation for a lubricants plant in Singapore that could avoid up to a third of the GHG emissions from its electricity use.

Using solar at our sites

As an energy user

Capturing emissions

Our Quest carbon capture and storage facility in Canada has captured and safely stored over 5 million tonnes of CO2 to date.

CCS Quest

As a partner for change

Aviation sector

Amazon Air has secured up to six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel - made partly from biomass and waste - supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by World Energy.

Amazon

As a partner for change

Aviation sector

We are supplying DHL Express with sustainable aviation fuel at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.

Shell to supply DHL Express with SAF

As a partner for change

Aviation sector

Working with Rolls-Royce, we are testing 100% sustainable aviation fuel.

Rolls-Royce to test 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

As a partner for change

Shipping sector

We have developed and deployed advanced energy-efficiency technologies, such as software that helps guide a vessel's position in the water to cut fuel consumption and lower emissions, as well as advanced engine lubricants that also boost efficiency.

Kongsberg and Shell sign JAWS agreement

As a partner for change

Shipping sector

We supply marine customers with liquefied natural gas (LNG), which offers another way to cut emissions today.

LNG for marine

As a partner for change

Shipping sector

We outlined the actions we are taking to help accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions in the shipping sector in our report Setting Shell's Course.

Read Decarbonising Shipping: Setting Shell's Course

As a partner for change

Shipping sector

In a joint report with Deloitte, we have also captured the industry view of how to decarbonise shipping.

Deloitte/Shell shipping report

As a partner for change

Road freight sector

We offer nature-based carbon credits to business customers operating heavy- and light-duty fleets in 10 countries across Europe and Asia.

Nature-based solutions

As a partner for change

Road freight sector

We are working with the Port of Los Angeles, Toyota Motor Corp. and Kenworth Truck Co to enable hydrogen trucks to operate out of the Port of Los Angeles, USA.

Shore to store

As a partner for change

Road freight sector

Together with Daimler Truck AG, IVECO, OMV, and the Volvo Group, we will help create the conditions for the mass-market roll-out of hydrogen trucks in Europe.

H2Accelerate

As a partner for change

Road freight sector

Along with our own ambition to reduce average emissions intensity of our fleet of almost 3,000 contracted road haulage tankers, we are also working with the road freight industry to help reduce vehicle emissions. We have produced a joint report with Deloitte sharing views from more than 150 road freight leaders.

Decarbonising road freight

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