Biodiversity is under threat around the world: the International Union for Conservation of Nature states that more than 22,000 species were at risk of extinction in 2015, while 20% of the world’s tropical forests and 50% of its global wetlands have been destroyed in the past 50 years.

We apply stringent standards to help reduce any impacts our operations may have, particularly in critical habitats, which are areas that are rich in biodiversity or under protection. We were first in the energy industry to launch a biodiversity standard, back in 2001.

The biodiversity of an area is assessed when we conduct impact assessments for any new major project or large expansions to existing operations. We carefully consider the potential environmental impact of our activities and how local communities may be affected before, during and after operations.

We also develop biodiversity action plans for major operations and before we start projects in sensitive environments. This helps us to identify and minimise any impacts during planning, operations and at decommissioning. Measures are taken to restore habitats or ecosystems that are close to our operations.

Our standards are designed in line with relevant international standards, including those set by the International Finance Corporation.

Working with biodiversity experts

We work with several conservation organisations, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International and Earthwatch. Our projects with biodiversity partners include working to restore natural habitats and ecosystems close to our operations.

Learn more about our environmental partners

Protecting the oceans

Biodiversity in the oceans is at risk from overfishing, pollution, climate change and other factors. We are collaborating with governments, non-governmental organisations and other experts to find ways to protect the planet’s marine biodiversity.

Examples of our activities include helping local communities in the Philippines conserve part of the world’s most biodiverse marine environment, known as the Coral Triangle. We also support research programmes to increase understanding of marine mammals and their behaviour, and find ways to avoid disturbing them when working in marine environments.

Read examples of our work on biodiversity around the world

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Environmental and community partners

Working with non-governmental organisations and experts from outside Shell helps us to improve performance while running programmes to address community and environmental issues.

Impact assessments

We assess the potential impacts of our activities to manage and reduce their effects on the environment and local communities.

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