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The Methodist Church sold its entire stake in Shell over climate concerns, report says

The Methodist Church sold its entire stake in Shell over climate concerns, report says

Extinction Rebellion protesters hold a banner with the words Shell Out outside Shell Tower at Waterloo, London. Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Sophie Kiderlin: Apr. 30, 2021, 11:27 AM

The Methodist Church has sold off its entire investment in energy company Shell, which was worth over £20 million ($27 million), as it is concerned about Shell’s clean energy strategy, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

Shell is aiming to adhere to the Paris Agreement and become a net-zero company by 2050 through reducing its carbon intensity step by step, lowering it first by 20% before 2030 and then by 45% by 2035. ‘Carbon intensity’ refers to the amount of emissions each unit of energy that Shell sells produces.

The company is increasing the amount of low-carbon energy sources such as hydrogen, or biofuels, in the products it sells and is planning to focus on producing more clean power. The company plans to capture, or offset, any unavoidable emissions created by its energy production. It also works with its customers to support them in lowering their own carbon footprint, according to Shell’s website.

However, the Methodist Church does not believe these measures go far enough and Shell is not making a substantial enough effort to address climate change, the FT said.

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