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‘With this ambition we embrace the Paris goals at Shell’

Marjan van Loon, CEO of Shell Nederland. Photo: Wiebe Kiestra for the FD

Printed below is an English translation of an article recently published by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad under the headline ‘With this ambition we embrace the Paris goals at Shell’.

By Bert van Dijk  Energy Editor

Shell wants to drastically reduce its CO₂ footprint in the world. The CO₂ footprint must be halved in 2050 not only for its own activities, but also for the end-use of its products. That recently launched ambition is a world first. It is the first time that a large oil and gas company expresses such measurable climate ambitions.Marjan van Loon, CEO of Shell Netherlands. read more

Shell’s 1991 film warned of the catastrophic risks of climate change

POSTING BY CHRISTOPHER IVES COMMENTING ON THE ARTICLE BY SHELL CEO BEN VAN BEURDEN, “A DECISIVE STEP TO A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE

Why does it take so damn long to make meaningful changes?

I’m a 1965 Cambridge engineering graduate with an apprenticeship in thermal and nuclear plant manufacture/operation, followed by UK & Canadian experience in gas transmission & coal-slurry pipelines.

By 1973 I saw the need for renewable & demand side technologies – even tried to move Esso/Exxon towards integrated solar & building systems. I’ve demonstrated 4 solar/healthy houses, one with containerised onsite utilities, now being built for Canada’s military, and for areas with failing or no infrastructure. read more

A decisive step to a cleaner energy future

 Chief Executive Officer at Shell

It’s time for Shell to accelerate its efforts in the transition to a lower-carbon world. This is how I plan to drive change through the company.

How will a future CEO of Shell judge what I have just announced? Will they look back to the end of 2017 and consider it a turning point? In 20 years? 30 years? If things move as I expect, they probably will. By then, I believe Shell will be at least as profitable and successful as today but it will be a very different company.We will still have plenty of oil and gas in our energy mix but other areas of the business, which are small today, will have grown. That means Shell is likely to be highly involved in the generation, trading and distribution of renewable and low-carbon power. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell, to Cut Carbon Output, Will Be Less of an Oil Company

By Nov. 28, 2017

Bowing to pressure from shareholders and the Paris international climate accord, Royal Dutch Shell pledged on Tuesday to increase its investment in renewable fuels and to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2050. Shell and other big oil companies have moved only sporadically over the last decade toward greater production of wind and solar energy. Now there are signs of a commitment to take climate change more seriously. In comments to investors, Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive, said that from 2018 to 2020, the company’s new-energies division would spend up to $2 billion a year on renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydrogen power and on electric-car charging stations. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell doubles up on green spending and vows to halve carbon footprint

Anglo-Dutch giant to spend $2bn on wind power, biofuels and electric cars as it bows to shareholder pressure by setting new company climate change target

Shell has doubled its spending on clean power and bowed to shareholder pressure by promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, as the oil giant said it was stepping up its ambitions on green energy.

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Shell signals an end to the oil downturn with return of all-cash payouts

Jillian Ambrose: 

Royal Dutch Shell has signalled the end of the three-year oil market downturn by restarting its all-cash shareholder payouts as its cash flow begins to boom. The oil major began paying out dividends in the form of shares in 2015, in the wake of the oil price crash and its $50bn takeover of BG Group. But chief executive Ben van Beurden said the Anglo-Dutch group was now confident that it could call an end its scrip dividend as its cost-cutting and divestment programme pays off. The leaner business will also enable Shell to double down on its investment in ‘new energies’ including low-carbon fuels and renewable electricity. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell Canada says Quest carbon capture and storage project exceeds expectations

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Alberta oil sands has sequestered over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground. Quest, situated at Shell’s Scotford facility, hit the two million tonne target in July 2017, some 21 months after becoming operational. The company said the target was originally expected to be reached after two years, and the project was exceeding expectations.

“This project has just been incredibly exciting because not only are we proving that this technology works, but we are demonstrating that Canadians are at the forefront of carbon capture and technology,” said Shell Canada external relations advisor Conal MacMillan. The CCS project, which is among just a handful throughout the world, captures CO2 emissions from the Shell upgrader in Scotford, a facility which processes crude bitumen from oil sands into a wide range of synthetic crude oils. FULL ARTICLE read more

Threat to pensions if BP and Shell find themselves extinct


Stop crude focus on oil profits: The Guardian: Article by Sean Farrell: Sunday 29 October 2017

At the start of last year, Britain’s big oil companies, Shell and BP, appeared to be in crisis. A slump in the price of Brent crude – from more than $110 a barrel in 2014 to less than $30 in January 2016 – sent profits tumbling and appeared to threaten dividends. After painful cost cuts and a partial recovery in the oil price to near $60, the pressure has eased and both are expected to report solid first-half results this week.

BP goes first, on Tuesday, with Shell, the stronger of the two, on Thursday. The commotion over the oil slump diverted some attention from their commitments to low-carbon energy. To much fanfare, both companies’ boards supported resolutions at their 2015 annual meetings that required clearer reporting of emissions, business risks and efforts to develop green energy sources. read more

Clock ticking down on deadline for Shell Springboard entries

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Entrants will be competing for a green cash pot containing £350,000, with the national winner to receive £150,000. A further five regional winners will each get £40,000 of no-strings attached funding.

They will also be given access to academics and investors whose advice can help grow their enterprises. The cut-off date for applications falls on November 6.

Former winners include Edinburgh-based tidal energy technology developer Nova Innovation. Shell UK country chair Sinead Lynch said: “Since 2005, Shell Springboard has provided £4million of equity-free funding to almost 100 innovative low-carbon enterprises in the UK. FULL ARTICLE read more

Planning for a green future

Since 2011, Shell has worked closely with the Development Research Center of the State Council on the country’s energy development strategy. (We have) identified key challenges facing the country and suggested detailed, practical solutions.

Through collaboration, we have also examined the important role natural gas can play in helping China diversify its energy mix. At the same time, it will boost economic development, improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions.

Shell continues to promote the role of natural gas. Compared with coal, it emits around half the CO2s and less than one-tenth of the air pollutants when used to produce electricity. read more

BP, Shell Put Oil Ahead of Earth, ESG Group Warns Investors

Performance targets of energy companies Royal Dutch Shell and BP remain too heavily biased towards hydrocarbon production, a report has warned. ShareAction — a U.K. charity that promotes environment, social, and governance-oriented investing — looked at BP and Shell’s greenhouse emissions management policies, asset portfolio resilience, corporate key performance indicators, executive incentive structures, and influences on public policy. The group concluded that the oil giants prioritize the production of fossil fuels, which could incentivize management behavior “misaligned” with shareholder interest, as defined by ShareAction. MORE read more

Statoil, Shell and Total to store CO2 offshore Norway

Oct. 2 (UPI) — Norwegian energy company Statoil said Monday it was leading a partnership aimed at advancing Paris climate efforts through carbon capture and storage. “Shell sees CCS as a transformative technology that can significantly reduce emissions from those industrial sectors that will continue to rely on hydrocarbons for decades to come,” added Monika Hausenblas, Shell’s executive vice president for environment and safety. FULL ARTICLE

General Motors, Disney, Shell and 1,200 other companies are taking steps to fight climate change, report says

September 12 at 12:01 AM

More than 1,200 global businesses, including U.S. companies such as Disney, Shell and General Motors, are moving to embrace a carbon price — even if President Trump isn’t, according to a new report by a Washington climate think tank. While the president has suggested that tackling climate change will undermine the economy and hamstring  businesses, chief executives have been busy voluntarily putting a price on their own carbon dioxide emissions. Pricing carbon, or assigning a dollar value per ton of carbon dioxide emissions, creates a financial incentive for companies to reduce emissions. The report published on Tuesday by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is the first major study of corporate carbon pricing since Trump’s election. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell’s Ben van Beurden: Oil vs Uber in the battle of reputations

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But it wasn’t oil price, or strategy that landed him prime time interviews. Instead, it was the comment that his next car would be electric. “It wasn’t a planned remark, it just came out,” he said. “But it shows how charismatic renewables and electricity is at the moment, much more charismatic than gas and definitely much more charismatic than oil.” A perception that oil and gas have a shrinking role to play is one the industry needs to address head-on. “If you really want to be charismatic about what needs to happen in a big way you would focus on gas,” he said. And that includes an education around renewables. FULL ARTICLE read more

Shell Prepares For A Different Energy Reality

: 14 August 2017

Summary

  • This summer has seen the governments of several of the world’s major economies propose to eliminate internal combustion engine vehicles over the next 10-30 years.
  • At the same time, Royal Dutch Shell announced several major clean energy investments over the summer in anticipation of a drop-off in petroleum demand.
  • This article looks at how Shell’s clean energy investments fit into its energy profile forecasts compared to its peers. MAIN ARTICLE
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    Rebellious Shell shareholders to vote for new climate change goals

    A group of retail investors have tabled the resolution at Shell’s AGM, asking it to establish carbon emission reduction targets. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

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