Our climate target

Shell's target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.

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 (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 too, including in sectors that are difficult to decarbonise such as aviation, shipping, road freight and industry.

To help step up the pace of change, in October 2021, we set a target to reduce absolute emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2016 levels1. This covers all emissions in Scope 1, which come directly from our operations, and in Scope 2, from the energy we buy to run our operations.2

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1Calculated on a net basis, which allows for the use of carbon capture and storage as well as nature-based solutions

2Under our operational control

Our approach

We believe our emissions peaked in 2018 and we will continue working to bring them down.

We will reduce emissions from our own operations, including the production of oil and gas, for example by increasing energy efficiency, as well as capturing or offsetting any remaining emissions.

Emissions from our own operations make up less than 10% of our total emissions.

Customers' emissions from the use of the energy we sell generates most emissions, 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 customers3.

3 Sales from retail stations that use the Shell brand but are not operated or supplied by Shell are excluded from our target

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 20504. 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.

4Compared to 2016 levels.

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. For more, visit shell.com/advocacy

What are we already doing?

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

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