We operate in a way that respects nature, and we work to protect ecosystems. Minimising our environmental impact and setting goals to improve helps us find better ways to operate. We have had guiding principles and standards in place for many years. Now we are stepping up our environmental ambitions and shaping them to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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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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.
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Our ambition is to use resources and materials efficiently and to increase reuse and recycling.
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