Oil giant Shell has said it wants net zero emissions both for itself and from products used by its customers by 2050.
It has boosted targets to reduce the net amount of carbon dioxide that ends up in the atmosphere.
The company also said that its oil production, which peaked in 2019, will be gradually reduced. Last week, Shell reported a huge loss after the Covid pandemic caused a slump in oil demand, reports BBC.
Shell wants to expand its renewables, biofuels, and hydrogen businesses as it comes under increasing pressure from investors and creditors.
In particular, it is shifting its long-term focus from oil and gas to selling renewable energy, partly by taking stakes in renewable energy projects.
Chief executive Ben van Beurden said: “We want to be a leading power player, and the focus will be very much on selling clean power.
“Will we be producing the electrons ourselves? No. But a major player in power we will be.”
Unlike rivals BP and Total, Shell made no commitment to increase solar and wind power generation.
The Church of England Pensions Board has been at the forefront of shareholder contacts with Shell on sustainability.
Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the board, said: “It really is the most comprehensive target, it covers all the emissions, not only those caused by producing oil and gas, but actually the emissions from the customers in burning it.”
He said that Shell was “clearly making a play that it wants provide a significant part of the hydrogen business, and also that it’s going to work through with its customers” in sectors where it is “hard to abate” emissions.
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