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Public advocacy and political activity
Meeting the energy challenge will require major changes and public policy will play a crucial role. We have stepped up our advocacy efforts with governments. We have shared our technical expertise to help them make changes enabling our industry to deliver more energy with less CO2.
We are calling for change, sharing our expertise and co-operating with governments, companies and other partners. Our Business Principles encourage us to contribute to debates on policy issues that affect our business, our employees or the local communities where we operate.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face. We will continue to work with governments to help them set the policy frameworks to create market-based incentives – such as an effective cap-and-trade market for CO2 – that will contribute towards improving energy efficiency and support lower-carbon energy, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.
We advise governments to use different policy instruments for different sectors. For heavy industry and the power sector we advocate an emissions trading systems combined with incentives for the rapid demonstration and deployment of new low-carbon technologies. Transport needs stringent vehicle efficiency targets and incentives for fuels with lower CO2 emissions over their lifecycle, as well as measures to manage congestion and road use. Buildings and appliances need tough energy efficiency standards.
Read more about our approach to climate change and the critical role governments play.
We share our knowledge, experience and understanding of the energy system with policymakers. We have, for example, presented the Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050 to governments and international institutions to help them understand the challenges, trade-offs and urgency involved in building a new energy future.
We are also working with companies, governments and NGOs to create support for effective policy. Read more about our work with others.
Our Business Principles prohibit payments by Shell companies to political parties. This is to avoid Shell companies buying or being perceived to be buying favours.
In the United States, Shell Oil Company administers a political action committee (Shell Oil Company Employees’ Political Awareness Committee). It is a voluntary, employee-run and employee funded organisation, that contributes money to political parties or individual candidates for political office, or organisations that support them. While Shell Oil Company provides administrative support to the Committee, it does not fund the Committee’s donations nor does it make any political contributions itself.