These projects have been chosen because they have demonstrated clear climate and environmental benefits. We also carefully select projects that bring local community benefits, such as improving local health and education, aiming to reduce poverty, and promoting gender equality.

The map shows the projects Shell had in its voluntary carbon credit portfolio in August 2020. We continue to expand our portfolio.

How we choose the projects

All our projects are independently certified by internationally recognised standards. The accreditation process requires the projects to demonstrate all the benefits that are claimed while ensuring projects only receive certificates for the reduced or eliminated carbon emissions.

Shell employs a rigorous internal screening process that looks at the following criteria:

  • The approved carbon standard

  • Environmental impacts beyond CO₂

  • Societal benefits for the local community

  • Project developer competency

  • Government support

  • Reputational risks



Benefits of projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In addition to reducing CO₂ from the atmosphere, the projects we choose create jobs, protect and enhance biodiversity and can improve soil quality, food production, and rainwater absorption. All of these beneficial effects support attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

How the projects contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

  • climate


    Helping to tackle climate change and its impacts

  • nature


    Protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; sustainably managing forests; combating desertification; reversing and halting biodiversity loss

  • people


    Reducing poverty; empowering women and girls; promoting sustainable agriculture

  • Economy


    Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth


Working with customers to compensate for their emissions

Voluntary carbon credits are a recognised mechanism for investing in projects that contribute to reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

Contact Shell Environmental Products

Contact our Environmental Products team to discuss how we can help your business with environmental compliance requirements or voluntary carbon compensation.