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Investing in nature by planting trees

Shell invests in nature as part of broad drive to tackle CO2 emissions

  • Programme linked to Net Carbon Footprint target

  • Carbon-neutral driving launch in the Netherlands complements investments in new electric vehicle charge points

  • Reforestation partnerships announced in the Netherlands and Spain

Shell announced a programme to invest in natural ecosystems as part of its strategy to act on global climate change, including addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by customers when using its products. Shell plans to invest $300 million over the next three years.

This program will contribute to Shell’s three-year target, beginning in 2019, to reduce its Net Carbon Footprint by 2% – 3%.

“There is no single solution to tackling climate change. A transformation of the global energy system is needed, from electricity generation to industry and transport,” said Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell.

“Shell will play its part. Our focus on natural ecosystems is one step we are taking today to support the transition towards a low-carbon future. This comes in addition to our existing efforts, from reducing the carbon intensity of oil and gas operations to investments in renewable sources of energy.”

Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, said: “Last year’s IPCC report was a wake-up call on climate: reducing emissions starts with fossil fuels. Shell’s announcement signals that one of the world’s biggest energy companies is pursuing a decarbonisation strategy with a broad set of solutions, including by investing in nature. By doing so, it is helping to curb global deforestation, restore vital ecosystems, and help communities develop sustainably. Shell is the first in the industry to set near-term targets for the emissions of both its operations and its products; this is clear progress, but it also illustrates how much work remains to achieve Paris climate targets. We look forward to seeing further investment from Shell in these areas.”

On the road, Shell is making a wider range of transport solutions available to customers. The company is stepping up its investments in lower-carbon options, from battery electric vehicle charging to liquefied natural gas and hydrogen. For example, in Europe, customers can now access 100,000 electric vehicle charge points through New Motion, a Shell company. Today, Shell announces that it is also investing in 200 new rapid electric vehicle charge-points, powered by renewable energy, on its forecourts in the Netherlands, on top of 500 ultra-fast chargers being installed on Shell forecourts across Europe, in partnership with IONITY. 

For customers who drive internal combustion engine vehicles, Shell is making it simpler for them to reduce their carbon footprint through low-carbon biofuels and carbon neutral driving.

From April 17th, customers who fill up at a Shell service station in the Netherlands will be able to drive carbon neutral through the use of nature-based carbon credits. This will be done at no extra cost for customers who choose Shell V-Power petrol or diesel, while those who fill up with regular Shell petrol or diesel can participate for an additional 1 cent a litre.

Shell will roll out similar choices to customers in other countries, starting with the UK later this year. This complements Shell’s existing programme to help business customers avoid or reduce emissions, including supplying lower emission fuels and electric vehicle charging. Shell also offers businesses the opportunity to drive carbon neutral by compensating the CO2 emitted from driving their fleet.

CO2 emissions generated by participating motorists – as well as from the extraction, refining and distribution of the fuel – will be offset by carbon credits. As one of the most established traders of carbon credits in the world, Shell buys these credits from a global portfolio of nature-based projects, including Cordillera Azul National Park Project in Peru, Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation Project in Indonesia and GreenTrees Reforestation Project in the USA. Each carbon credit is subject to a third-party verification process and represents the avoidance or removal of 1 tonne of CO2.

At the same time, Shell also plans to invest at scale in forests, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world, to reduce emissions and capture more CO2 while benefitting biodiversity and local communities.

Staatsbosbeheer and Shell to plant 5 million trees together

Staatsbosbeheer and Shell today announced a long-term collaboration. Over the next 12 years they will jointly plant more than 5 million trees in the Dutch woods. Shell is investing a total of €17.4 million in the Outdoor Fund of Staatsbosbeheer. In addition, the organisations will cooperate in the areas of knowledge exchange, education and innovation.

In the coming years Staatsbosbeheer intends to plant trees at various locations in the Netherlands. "This collaboration enables Staatsbosbeheer to provide new trees for the empty areas in the woods caused by the death of ash branches", says Sylvo Thijsen, Director of Staatsbosbeheer. The ash in the Netherlands is affected by an aggressive fungal disease from which the trees do not recover.

Planting trees can make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. "Trees play an important role in the climate issue", says Thijsen. "Not only is the planting of more trees in the Netherlands important, but the sustainable use of wood also ensures that CO2 is captured for a long time. In addition, trees and woods are beneficial to the working and living climate of a great many people. They provide cooling in cities and are essential for the preservation of biodiversity.”

For Shell, this collaboration is in line with its ambition to play an active role in the Dutch energy transition. "In the Netherlands we invest in offshore wind, solar energy, electric mobility, biofuels and energy efficiency, but CO2 offsetting is also an important part of achieving the climate objectives", says Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Nederland.

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