From increasing energy efficiency in our operations to fuel technology advancements to educating customers on ways to consume fuel more efficiently, Shell is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) at all stages of the energy lifecycle – from the mine to the motorist.

Shell continues to invest in technology development and knowledge sharing to identify promising opportunities. This includes leveraging the deep technical expertise within our business, as well as collaborative industry initiatives like Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), to work on reducing GHGs in oil sands.

Energy efficiency

In our oil sands project operations in Canada we have taken measures to save energy, through use of heat integration design and by installing co-generation plant facilities in both our mining and upgrading operations. These use waste heat and excess steam for power generation, reducing the demand for power from the local grid. 

Carbon capture and storage

Shell’s Quest capture carbon and storage project in Canada became fully operational in November 2015, and is designed to capture a million tonnes of CO2 per year from the Scotford Upgrader and store it deep underground. It has already achieved this milestone in its first year of operation.

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Managing water

Some of the water we use to extract the oil from the oil sands is recycled. We carefully manage waste water from our operations and work to reduce fresh water use.

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Quest carbon capture and storage project

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