Biodiversity plans help us to assess and mitigate our impact on local biodiversity and dependent communities. Made in consultation with conservation experts and local communities, these plans are based on international standards and industry best practice.

We also work, in several countries, with our partners in joint ventures we do not operate to develop biodiversity action plans.

We made the following four commitments in 2003 that still apply today:

  • we will not explore for, or develop, oil and gas resources in natural and mixed World Heritage Sites;
  • we will further improve the way we operate in International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category I-IV protected areas, and areas of high biodiversity value;
  • we will publicly report on our activities in IUCN Categories I-IV; and
  • we will work with IUCN and others to help safeguard protected areas.

IUCN Category I-IV protected areas

Country Name of protected area (year designated, IUCN Category) Activity
Germany NSG Langeler Auwald rechtsrheinisch (1989, IV) Wesseling-Godorf pipeline
Netherlands Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV) Platforms
Duinen Ameland (2009, IV), Meijendel & Berkheide (2013, IV), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV), Springendal & Dal van de Mosbeek (2013, IV), Waddenzee (2009,IV) Wells
Duinen Ameland (2009, IV), Duinen Den Helder-Callantsoog (2010, IV), Lauwersmeer (2003, II), Noordzeekustzone (2010, IV),  Pipelines
Fochteloërveen (1998, IV), Elperstroomgebied (2010, IV), Solleveld & Kapittelduinen (2011, IV), Nationaal beek- en esdorpenlandschap Drentsche Aa (2002, II), Drentsche Aa-gebied (2013, IV) Pipeline on protected area boundary
Trinidad and Tobago Victoria Mayaro Reserve (--, IV) Wells and pipelines
United Kingdom Walton Moss (1985, IV), Tebay Road Cuttings (1992, IV), Bowland Fells (1988, IV), Crosby Ravensworth Fell (1991, IV), River Eden and Tributaries (1997, IV), River Tweed (1976, IV), Bryn Marsh & Ince Moss (1989, IV), The Wigan Flashes (2002, IV), Fishwick Bottoms (2011, IV), Avon Gorge (1973, IV), Carriber Glen (1971, IV), Far Holme Meadow (1994 , IV) Grangemouth - Runcorn pipeline 
Mersey Estuary (1985, IV), New Ferry (2000, IV) Stanlow – Runcorn and Tranmere – Eastham pipeline
Mundesley Cliffs (1984, IV) Bacton Seal - Clipper PT Bacton pipelines
United States Bayou Teche (2001, IV) Houma - Erath Crude pipeline on protected area boundary
Long Run Seep (2004, IV) Lakehead to Lockport pipeline on protected area boundary

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Respecting nature

Our new environmental framework sets out our ambitions for 2030 and later, as well as shorter-term goals.

What sustainability means at Shell

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Impact assessments

We assess the potential impacts of our activities to manage and reduce their effects on the environment and local communities.