What we do already

Protecting the environment has been an integral part of the way we do business for many years as set out in the Shell General Business Principles and Shell Commitment and Policy on Health, Security, Safety, Environment and Social Performance.

We carry out detailed environmental, social and health impact assessments when planning major projects.

Our global environmental standards (set in our HSSE & SP Control Framework) are designed to meet or exceed regulatory requirements. We draw on external standards and guidelines, such as those developed by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.

Our annual Sustainability Report details our environmental performance goals and targets.

Our Shell Supplier Principles include an expectation that contractors and suppliers are committed to protect the environment. Some operations also set their own specific requirements such as our Onshore Operating Principles for producing tight/shale oil and gas and our policy for sustainable sourcing of biocomponents in our biofuels business.

Our new environmental framework

In recent years we have increased our activities to tackle our greenhouse gas emissions - we have set a target to be a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and our customers.

There is also growing urgency around protecting biodiversity, preserving water quality and availability, improving air quality and using resources more efficiently. Tackling these and other environmental concerns requires a holistic approach, as they are interconnected.

We are building on our existing commitments and practices and will play our part in helping governments and societies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are taking a proactive approach, that values natural resources, helps to drive circularity and innovation and focuses on positive contributions to biodiversity and habitats.

Our new environmental framework, launched in 2021, focuses on four priority areas: biodiversity, water, circular economy and waste, and air quality. It sets out our ambitions for 2030 and later, as well as shorter-term goals.

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Going further

These new ambitions and commitments are a first step. We will continue to evolve our plans, look for opportunities to set further goals, and report on our progress in a transparent way.

Working with our environmental partners and developing new collaborations is key. We want to be a catalyst for change by working with others across industry, governments, customers and our supply chains.



Our ambition is to have a positive impact on biodiversity. Find out what we're doing.


We are focusing on using water more efficiently across our activities.

Circular economy and waste

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

Air quality

We are helping to improve air quality by reducing emissions from our operations and providing cleaner ways to power transport and industry.


Powering Progress

Shell’s strategy to accelerate the transition of our energy business to net-zero emissions, delivering value for shareholders, customers and wider society.

Our climate target

Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address the world’s biggest challenges. We welcome the SDGs and aim to play our part in helping governments and societies to achieve them.