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

2 Under 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 customers.3

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 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.

4 Compared 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. 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.

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 80,000 public electric vehicle charging facilities in more than 35 countries.

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Electric-vehicle charging

As an energy provider

At home

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

Shell Energy

*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

For business

Shell has deals with large companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo to provide them with renewable power to help them meet their renewable energy goals.

Microsoft Visa

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 sugarcane ethanol producers.


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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As an energy user

Using cleaner power

One of the largest renewable microgrids in the US helps power operations at the Shell Technology Center in Houston - doubling up as a testing ground for grid technology and battery storage while also providing the site with renewable solar energy.

As an energy user

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

We are using drones in the Permian Basin, USA, to detect methane emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Drone Programme

As an energy user

Capturing emissions

Our Quest carbon capture and storage facility in Canada and between 2015 and 2020 had already captured and safely stored over 5 million tonnes of CO2.

CCS Quest

As a partner for change

Working with Conservation Organizations

Shell is part of a reforestation project located across the Mississippi Delta that helps to restore habitats and clean water as well as supporting the local economy by offering alternative revenue streams. The project has reforested 120,000 acres of land and planted 42 million trees

Nature-based solutions

As a partner for change

Aviation sector

Airline KLM and Shell teamed up with the Dutch Ministry to perform the first ever passenger flight to run on synthetic kerosene produced with CO2, water and renewable energy.

KLM Amazon

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 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

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