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Sustainable development in Shell
We contribute to sustainable development by helping to meet the world’s growing energy needs in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Our contribution to sustainable development comes from the choices we make about which projects to invest in, from reducing the impact of our operations and from achieving the greatest benefits for local communities.
We develop products and services to help meet the need for clean, convenient and affordable energy – for example by producing more cleaner-burning natural gas, and by producing low-carbon biofuel while helping to develop advanced biofuels for the future.
At our most complex projects, we employ specialists in environmental and social performance who work closely with business managers.
Our Business Principles have included our commitment to contribute to sustainable development since 1997.
It requires us to balance short- and long-term interests, and to integrate economic, environmental and social considerations into business decision-making.
Good for business
Our approach adds to our business value, appealing to customers and business partners and helping us to attract and retain staff..
We reduce operational and financial risk further by listening to local communities and addressing their expectations, cutting the chance of project delays, approval failures or disruption to our operations.
New and cleaner technologies can also help to increase the efficiency of our operations and make savings on the current and future costs of emissions.