We also set a new 2030 target to halve the absolute emissions from our operations, compared to 2016 levels on a net basis. 

These commitments will help us achieve our carbon intensity targets1 and deliver against Shell’s ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. 

As a signatory to the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, we continue to pursue our 2015 commitment to eliminate associated gas flaring at our facilities.

In Australia, Shell affiliate QGC Pty Limited’s upstream coal-seam gas facilities reduced flaring by about 65% in 2020 compared with 2019.

In Qatar our Pearl gas-to-liquids plant reduced its GHG emissions from flaring by more than 15% in 2020 compared with 2019.

In Nigeria, the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solutions project captures gas produced alongside oil in the Niger Delta to help reduce flaring. The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture reported a 17% decrease in routine flaring in 2020.

Our Permian Basin asset continues to drive flaring reductions, and in September 2019, Shell completed flowback on eight Permian wells with no associated flaring, a first-time achievement. The continued reduction in flaring has positively impacted Permian’s GHG emissions with 40% reduction in total GHG emissions and a 20% reduction in methane emissions, compared to the same period in 2018. Shell recently announced the sale of our Permian business with closing of the transaction expected in Q4 2021.

In 2020, Shell worked on reducing flaring associated with well flow back activities and replaced methane emitting pneumatic instruments with lower emissions alternatives. This resulted in 7ktpa CO2e reductions in 2020 and a further 4ktpa reduction expected for 2021.

Under the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, Shell is participating to the ongoing calibration of the VIIRS satellite for global flaring data monitoring.

1 Shell has introduced a target, to reduce its carbon intensity by 20% by 2030, 45% by 2035, and 100% by 2050.

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