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Today, there are 6.7 billion people using more than 228 million barrels of oil equivalent of primary energy a day. By the middle of this century, there could be over nine billion people using twice as much energy, or more, than we do today.
Shell’s oil products business makes, distributes and sells a range of petroleum-based products around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are developing lower-carbon fuels and working towards increasing our own and our customers’ energy efficiency.
As the number of cars in the world is predicted to grow from a little fewer than a billion today to as many as 2 billion by 2030, it is vital that we find ways to increase their fuel economy – by developing better fuel formulas; by working closely with automotive manufacturers to help them develop more fuel efficient powertrains; and by educating consumers.
Cleaner engines are more efficient. It is as simple as that, and as one of the largest providers of transport fuels, we are committed to helping drivers to use less energy and reduce emissions through advanced fuels and lubricants.
Cutting smog and pollution caused by vehicles, particularly in the fast-growing mega-cities of the developing world, will become an even more urgent challenge. Stringent regulations on local emissions, combined with new engine and fuel technologies, are vital. In the European Union, for example, this combination has helped to reduce local vehicle pollutants by more than half since the early 1990s.
We have removed the lead from all our petrol and were one of the first companies to produce zero-sulphur diesel on a commercial scale. We continue to reduce sulphur levels in other fuels.
Shell Fuel Economy formula fuels contain blends of advanced additives and cleaning agents that can help to improve drivers’ fuel efficiency by reducing energy losses in engines.