Our ambition and commitments

Circular economy and managing waste is one of four priority topics in our environmental framework.

Our ambition is to use resources and materials efficiently and to increase reuse and recycling.

Our new commitments from 2021

We are aiming for zero waste1 by reducing waste generated and increasing reuse and recycling in our businesses and supply chains. We will set goals for waste reduction, reuse and recycling by the end of 2022.

We will work with our suppliers and contractors to help end plastic waste in the environment:

- By 2030, we will increase the amount of recycled plastic in our packaging to 30% and ensure that the packaging we use for our products is reusable or recyclable.

- We will increase the amount of recycled materials used to make our products, starting with plastics. Our ambition is to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in our global chemicals plants by 2025.

Managing waste

We are aiming for zero waste by reducing waste generated and increasing reuse and recycling in our businesses and supply chains. Our businesses will conduct internal reviews to look at the waste we generate, and we will set goals for waste reduction, reuse and recycling by the end of 2022. This will include information on the metrics to measure progress and performance going forward.

We are already starting to take a more efficient approach to waste and how we dispose of it.

As part of our circular approach, we are using waste-management software to reduce the waste we generate, track compliance and report on waste in our operations and across our supply chains.

We are also reducing waste generated at our buildings around the world. For example, our facilities in Australia have been running a number of waste improvement projects aimed at reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and providing benefits to local communities. Read more in our Sustainability Report.

Plastic waste

We have an ambition to use 1 million tonnes of plastic waste a year in our global chemical plants by 2025. Using a technique called pyrolysis, we use plastic waste to produce chemicals, which can be used to make plastics again. We want to expand the use of this technology at our chemical plants in North America, Europe and Asia.

Shell is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. This not-for-profit organisation has committed $1.5 billion over five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.

Other waste

We are also reducing the amount of waste generated through oil and gas exploration and production. Our biggest volume of waste is rock and salt from excavations. We try to treat this waste at the site and if that is not possible to do on-site removal for treatment or safe disposal.

Keeping on track

We report our progress and performance in our annual Sustainability Report.

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