The construction industry is one of the largest in the world, accounting for 13% of the world’s GDP1. Employing millions of people, the sector plays a vital role in the social and economic progress. However, construction is one of the fastest growing sources of emissions and must accelerate action on decarbonisation through active participation in the energy transition, through innovation, and collaboration.

As part of Shell’s transformation of its customer business units to help lead the change in the energy transition, a new business was created that offers specific sectoral experience and deep industry knowledge for the construction industry – Shell Construction and Road.

Shell Construction and Road aims to leverage our strong bitumen business, our expertise in low-carbon fuels and cleaner energy solutions to be the partner of choice for decarbonising construction and support the construction companies to reduce their emissions along the value chain.

Shell believes the construction industry can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, but action must be taken now. Decarbonising construction requires using all available measures at each stage of the value chain. It also involves coming together as an industry to develop lower carbon solutions, promote circularity, and work alongside policymakers and regulators to implement supportive policy frameworks.

Shell Construction and Road is ready to collaborate with all parties involved in the decarbonising construction journey. We’re committed to confronting construction’s carbon challenge, together with our partners.

1. McKinsey ‘The next normal in construction’ June 2021:


Decarbonising Raw Materials​

Our new bio-component binder Shell Bitumen CarbonSink is used to develop the UK’s first commercially available biogenic asphalt.

Decarbonising Transport​

Shell R33 Blue Diesel fuel helped to reduce emissions from the heavy-duty fleet servicing Eurovia Germany’s asphalt mixing plants.​

Decarbonising Plant Operations

Shell and the German asphalt mixer AM-NRW partnered to lower the environmental impact of asphalt plant operations.

Inside Shell Construction and Road

About Shell Construction and Road

At Shell, we have a long history of supporting the construction sector. We are passionate about collaborating with our customers and partners as they build the world around us.

Bitumen solutions

For over 100 years Shell has been a leader in bitumen solutions. We supply enough bitumen to help resurface 500 km of road every day; that’s enough to travel around the world 4.5 times in one year.

Lubricants solutions

Lubricants are essential to the smooth operation of manufacturing equipment. It’s important to choose the right type for your business to cut emissions, enhance productivity, and save money.

Fuel solutions

Dedicated expertise and tailored fuel solutions for the construction sector to enable higher equipment utilisation and site productivity.

Equipment Management Solutions

Platforms that enable visibility so that it is easy to manage productivity, improve your carbon footprint, and reduce operating costs.

Energy solutions

Providing more and cleaner energy solutions to help construction companies reduce their environmental impact.

Carbon Compensation

Unavoidable CO2 emissions can be offset through our global portfolio of CO2 compensation projects.

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Near-Zero Asphalt Pavement Challenge 2022

Using Shell's existing sustainable road construction solutions, we are taking on the challenge of decarbonising 10 miles of UK roads by the end of 2022.

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Shell and United E&P to collaborate on sustainable road construction in Singapore

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Shell Unveils New CarbonSink Bitumen

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