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Classic International concert REAPS what Shell sponsorship sows.

LONDON RISING TIDE PROTEST AT SHELL GREENWASHING

Hot on the heels of their appearance at the Shell vs. Bodo case at the High Court, activists from London Rising Tide, staged a protest in and outside the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 23rd June, highlighting the greenwashing of shell’s tardy image through cultural sponsorship in their ‘shell classic international’ festival at the southbank centre.

At dusk prior to the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concert, activists gathered near their south bank target, and prepared their  ‘Shell Hell’ face masks and grim reaper costumes. Shortly before seven, they formed a procession and swiftly made their way to the entrance of the Royal Festival Hall. read more

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Shell’s institutionalised delusion

Comment by former Shell Exec Paddy Briggs on: “Climate change summit hijacked by world’s biggest polluter Shell, critics claim”

Paddy Briggs

on May 25th, 2009 at 9:36 am 

Another example of Shell’s institutionalised delusion that they are a player in the debate on the global energy future. At its most venal this was characterised by the dysfunctional and disingenuous corporate advertising of recent times that tried to suggest that Shell really cared about the energy mix and supported the development of renewable sources. Shell’s inevitable and predictable recent withdrawal from her Renewables business showed what a farce this was. read more

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Climate change summit hijacked by world’s biggest polluter Shell, critics claim

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Climate change summit hijacked by biggest polluters, critics claim

• Shell could help shape post-Kyoto agenda

• Majority of attending firms want ‘business as usual’

Terry Macalister, guardian.co.uk,  Monday 25 May 2009

A vital meeting in Copenhagen this weekend that will help shape the agenda for the most important climate change talks since the Kyoto protocol has been hijacked by some of the biggest polluters in the world, critics claimed today.

Among those attending the World Business Summit on Climate Change is Shell, which has just been named by environmentalists on the basis of new research as “the most carbon-intensive oil company in the world”. read more

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Greenwash: Shell betrays ‘new energy future’ promises

Fred Pearce's Greenwash

The energy company has sold out on its renewable investments, claiming they are ‘not economic’

  • Fred Pearce
    • guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 March 2009 10.29 GMT
    Shell

    Shell has pulled back from its renewable investments, claiming they are ‘not economic’ Photograph: James Boardman/Public Domain

    Shell, I have to report, is the new Exxon. The company that back in December was filling this and other newspapers with double-page adverts promoting its conversion to a “new energy future” of wind farms, hydrogen fuels, fuel made from marine algae and much else, has pulled the plug. read more

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Clampdown on greenwash

David Norman, director of campaigns at WWF UK, whose complaint against an advertisement by Royal Dutch Shell last year was upheld by the ASA, gave the change in rules a cautious welcome.

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Shell Sued Over Texas Refinery Emissions

Environmental activists filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of citizens against Shell,reports the Houston Chronicle. Environment Texas Citizen Lobby and the Sierra Club claim Shell and many of its subsidiaries have released millions of pounds of excess toxic air pollutants along the Houston Ship Channel over the past five years

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Shell Accused of Greenwashing, Again

Last August, Shell was reprimanded by UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for violating advertising rules when it claimed that the two oil projects in Canada and the U.S. involved sustainable forms of energy. That wasn’t the first time Shell faced criticism over its “green” advertising.

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Advertising regulators get tough over “greenwash”: many businesses are forgetting one not-very-small point: the claims need to be true

Complaints were upheld either entirely or in part by the watchdog include one about an advertisement by Shell in which the oil company claimed that its waste carbon dioxide was used to grow flowers. The ASA said that the advertisement implied that Shell used all its waste carbon dioxide to grow flowers, when it was shown that only 0.325 per cent of its emissions were used in this way.

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SMOKE DETECTOR OR SMOKESCREEN: EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH RICHARD WISEMAN, CHIEF ETHICS & COMPLIANCE OFFICER, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: 14/15 JAN 2008

EMAIL FROM RICHARD WISEMAN TO JOHN DONOVAN: You have of course completely misrepresented, yet again, my remark about the disposal of a smoke detector. The fact that I have not commented on anything else cannot of course be taken as indicating agreement with anything you have said about this matter.

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The National Theatre should clean up its act and ditch Shell

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Chris WilkinsonPosted by Chris Wilkinson: Thursday 8 January 2009 11.27 GMT

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Fuel pumps at a Shell petrol station near Liverpool   

Fuel pumps at a Shell petrol station. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Last Sunday, as I entered the National Theatre to catch the final performance of Oedipus, a flyer was shoved into my hand. Usually these leaflets are simply plugging a show. Not this one. It was from an organisation called Rising Tide, protesting against the production’s sponsorship by Shell. Using the slogan “Art not oil“, Rising Tide argues that companies such as Shell and BP are using advertising and cultural sponsorship as fig leaves for the appallingly destructive effects that their activities have on the environment. read more

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Jeroen van der Veer admits Shell TV advertising greenwash was dishonest

The interview I conducted with its chief executive, Jeroen van der Veer, broadcast on the Guardian’s website today, contains what appears to be an interesting admission. I asked him whether Shell had now stopped producing ads extolling its investments in renewable energy. Mr van der Veer does not express himself clearly at this point, but he seems to admit that his company’s previous advertising was not honest.

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It will take more than goodwill and greenwash to save the biosphere

Nor would Van der Veer give me a straight answer to another straight question: "Is there any investment you would not make on ethical grounds?" I asked this six times. He was unable to furnish me with an example.

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Stop the CSR Spin

Fortune, along with the CSR consulting firms AccountAbility, Csrnetwork and Asset4, came to the conclusion that BP and Royal Dutch Shell were among the top ten most "accountable" large companies on the planet. Of all the do-gooder companies of recent years, why exactly are these hydro-carbon greenwashing giants worthy of such admiration?

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Shell’s greenwash sleight of hand

Shell's sleight of hand was to use the much-abused word "sustainability" to imply a green agenda when what it was really on about was keeping a sustainable flow of fuel out of its forecourt pumps. The ASA cried foul.

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Another science blog sponsored by Shell, greenwash champions


GREENWASH CHAMPIONS

Shell exec speaks on carbon dioxide capture and storage

Discuss Download Photo: Hamad Saber

John Barry: We know that the C02 concentration in the atmosphere has gone up measurably in recent years. We also know that it’s not what’s happened so far that is the problem. It’s what’s going to happen over the next 100 years if we don’t start to manage the problem.

That’s John Barry with Shell. He leads one of Shell’s efforts to manage carbon dioxide emissions – thought to be changing Earth’s climate. He spoke of carbon dioxide capture and storage.

John Barry: Carbon dioxide capture and storage is one of the technologies that offers the most promise for making a difference to CO2 emissions in the short to medium term – I’m thinking 10 or 20 years. A hundred years out, maybe there will be technologies we haven’t thought of today. read more

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Reputation of Shell as a repeat greenwash offender

It is the second time in a year that Shell has found itself falling foul of the ASA's mounting concern, and follows an ASA ruling in December on a Shell poster showing flowers rather than smoke coming out of factory chimneys which arguably forced the pace. And it is indicative of Smith's determination to move against misleading green advertising. "That was clearly a misleading claim."

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