There’s never been a more exciting time to work in the aviation industry. IATA, the International Air Transport Association, forecasts that passenger numbers will double to 8.2 billion by 2037. This growth provides amazing opportunity – for the aviation industry as well as individuals, society and global commerce. But the industry must grow responsibly.
- Shell is committed to Avoid and Reduce strategies as the primary means to tackle aviation emissions. However, until these strategies reach scale Aviation can expect a gap in emissions reduction for years to come. As such, Shell see an immediate and valuable role for carbon credits, specifically nature based solutions, to compensate for unavoidable emissions and to act as a bridge to the future and beyond.
THREE-TIERED APPROACH TO CARBON MANAGEMENT
Where possible we must first avoid creating emissions in the first place. One example of how we are doing this is by piloting the first electric-pump jet refueller in Stuttgart. This helps avoid the unnecessary use of a combustion engine to power the fuel pump, saving fuel and avoiding emissions.
We pro-actively reduce emissions wherever possible, and are committed to establishing a secure supply of quality Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) within long-term strategic partnerships like SkyNRG, which is focused advancing the use of sustainable aviation fuel.
In the short to mid-term carbon offsets remain the most essential lever to achieving our goals. When CO2 emissions cannot be avoided an investment can be made in a project elsewhere. This project captures or reduces CO2 emissions that otherwise would not be captured and issues carbon credits that can be retired to demonstrate that an amount of carbon emissions have been offset.
We provide unbeaten quality assurances by investing in the highest-quality schemes around the world.
Carbon offset credits and Nature-based solutions
According to the Nature Conservancy, nature has the potential to provide more than a one third of the climate solution by 2030 . Shell have selected schemes that are focused on Nature-based solutions (NBS) to reduce the concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. This is an effective and immediate way to help compensate for unavoidable emissions.  Nature Conservancy study 2017
NBS comprise all activities related to the protection, or redevelopment, of natural ecosystems – such as forests, grasslands and wetlands – to lower concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Such activities can lead to the marketing, trading and sale of carbon credits. NBS can also deliver improvements in biodiversity, water quality, flood protection and livelihoods.