The vegetation covering around a third of the world’s surface is vital to maintaining the planet's natural balance. It supports intricate wildlife systems and helps maintain a healthy atmosphere, by taking in carbon dioxide (CO2) and releasing oxygen.
Yet it is under threat: from human activities, such as clearing woodland for farming and illegal logging, as well as climate change. Globally, projects are under way to protect and restore these natural ecosystems.
Shell recognises the role that nature-based solutions can play in the future of our planet. As we work to cut the emissions from our own operations, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy that our customers use, we know there is no single solution.
Our approach includes improving the energy efficiency of our operations; selling more, cleaner-burning natural gas; generating electricity from solar and wind; and providing lower-carbon fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen, as well as more electric-vehicle charging points.
We are also supporting nature-based solutions and plan to invest up to $300 million over the next three years, between 2019 and 2021.