Our climate ambition

Shell is aiming to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.

We intend to meet our customers’ demand for cleaner energy, keeping in pace with society.

A journey

With this approach, we want to contribute to achieving a net-zero world, where society stops adding to the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere.

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

This is going to take a lot of work. And, today, Shell’s business plans will not get us to where we want to be. We are on a journey and recognise the need to change. We must also work with our customers as they make changes too.

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Our approach

Shell is improving our own operations over time, addressing energy efficiency and capturing or offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Most GHG emissions come from our customers’ use of our products. So we are also looking for ways to help customers cut their GHG emissions.

We play three roles

We are an energy provider

We are working to offer customers more, lower-carbon products, from renewable electricity to hydrogen. We aim to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products we sell by 30% by 2035 and by 65% by 2050 compared with 2016, keeping in pace with society.

We play three roles

We are an energy user

We aim to be net-zero on emissions generated by all our operations, as well as on emissions associated with the energy we need to power them. Our ambition is that any GHG 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

We are working with our customers to help them address the GHG emissions they produce when they use products bought from us, as well as to help them find ways to reduce their overall carbon footprint. We are also coming together with businesses, governments and others to address emissions in different sectors.

What are we already doing?

While our business plans today will not get us to where we want to be, we are already changing.

Avoid, reduce, offset

As an energy provider

At home

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

Shell Energy

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 200,000 electric vehicle charging facilities in more than 30 countries.

Electric-vehicle charging

As an energy provider

For business

In 2019, we bought a company called Limejump, a digital platform based in London which helps small generators of renewable energy optimise their sales of electricity to the grid.


As an energy provider

Generating cleaner power

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

Download the Shell electric Noordzeewind video transcript (DOC 0.1MB)

Building a lower-carbon power business

As an energy user

Our operations

Our Shell-owned service stations in the UK are powered by renewable electricity. We are also 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.

As an energy user

Our operations

A Shell installation producing gas in the North Sea was the first of its kind to be powered by wind and solar energy.

Using solar at our sites

As an energy user

Capturing emissions

In the UK, Shell is part of a group of companies studying the feasibility of building one of the first CCS projects in the country. In Canada, our Quest carbon capture and storage facility has already captured and safely stored over 5 million tonnes of CO2.

Quest CCS

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.


As a partner for change

Shipping sector

Together with Deloitte, we’ve captured the industry view of how to decarbonise shipping.

Deloitte/Shell shipping report

As a partner for change

Heavy road transport sector

Hydrogen has the potential to be an important, safe, low-carbon transport fuel, particularly for heavy-duty transport such as trucks and buses.


As a partner for change

Heavy road transport 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

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