Circular Economy and Waste
We are reducing waste and applying the principles of a circular economy across our businesses and supply chains. This means placing value on reusing resources. By designing materials and products to last longer and be reused, repurposed and recycled, we are helping to reduce pressure on the world’s resources. Reducing waste and the efficient use of resources are key to UN Sustainability Development Goal 12, which focuses on responsible production and consumption.
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.
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.
Driving the Waste out of Waste Management
Driving the Waste out of Waste Management
Title: Driving the Waste out of Waste Management 1080p
Duration: 2:24 minutes
Short video about the use of Cority software in Shell's waste management systems.
Driving the Waste out of Waste Management 1080p Transcript
[Background music plays]
Moderate tempo instrumental music with synthesized effects.
Aerial view of landfill site with heavy equipment visible. Trees and a lake are visible in the background. Cut to shot of two men working on a construction site in the sunset. Cut to shot of man walking through worksite.
The opportunity in waste.
It might sound odd to say there's a value that we can capture in waste management, but it's true.
Man with clipboard inspecting loading docks. Cut to shot of people in construction gear eating in a canteen. Cut to shot of two men with clipboards comparing notes. Cut to shot of man walking through a refinery. He spins a control wheel. Closeup of a pipe labeled reclaim water. Cut to man using a monitor with a touchscreen. Closeup of metal barrels labeled waste, used oil. Cut to shot of forklift lifting a pallet with four barrels. Shot of forklift driver maneuvering.
Whether it's in our operations, our canteens or our construction sites, managing waste comes at a cost. There's the hard dollar cost, the cost of our time and effort, and there is a potential cost to our reputation, our license to operate, if we don't manage it well.
Shot of oil storage tanks with rows of barrels in front, covered with snow. Shot pans to show more of the same. Cut to closeup of Dirk Mosterman, with an industrial site in the background.
Dirk Mosterman, Global Waste Management Specialist.
The better we understand the types of waste and how we're currently managing it, the more we can do to improve our approach.
Closeup of waste material being dumped into a landfill. White text echoes the voiceover. Cut to industrial site with snow, a forklift is being driven through it. Cut to forklift loading a lorry trailer.
Cority can help Shell track its waste, recycling and refuse globally, and with more data, we can make better decisions and manage waste in a more efficient and effective way.
Closeup of Kim Horwood with greenery in the background.
Kim Horwood, Environment Lead, Australia
Cority waste management software was deployed in prelude 29 November 2019.
A man in a hardhat uses a tablet device, with a port in the background. His tablet screen is visible, it shows a map of Australia.
We are able to understand exactly where our waste is in storage at any point in time, and therefore, maintain compliance.
Aerial view of a port showing loading cranes and many containers. The sun is setting behind mountains is in the background. Cut to closeup of rows of containers.
With the help of Cority, Shell will have better visibility of our entire waste management process, from generation to disposal.
Closeup of Dirk Mosterman, with a tablet display beside him. The display shows graphical data. The tablet is replaced by bullet points repeating some of his words.
Being able to track our waste in real time, do inspections more efficiently, and understand what waste is going where. All these things help paint a more complete picture. With that in hand, we can minimize incidents, improve compliance to local regulations, and reduce costs. It's also a huge help when it comes to our business assurance processes.
Closeup of Ria Lewis in an office setting.
Ria Lewis, Environmental Advisor, Trinidad and Tobago
I think it makes people proud to see continuous improvement in our operations and sustainability. Waste management is a huge part of this, so we can really make a difference here. I'm so excited to be part of this success.
People gathered around a conference table having a discussion. Cut to view of oil storage tanks and rows of barrels in the snow.
Managing waste effectively is an essential part of our responsibility to operate in a sustainable way.
Split screen with nine panels showing plastic bottles in a recycling bin, a man walking through a construction site, two men conferring over a clipboard, a man using a tablet amongst lorries, a person picking up litter on a beach, oil barrels, rows of containers, waste material being dumped in a landfill, and a person having a meal in a canteen. Text echoing the voiceover is displayed.
It's something we can all contribute to through our daily activities and the business decisions we make.
Learn more about Cority's Waste Management Solution. Click the link below.
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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.
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.
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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