Transmission tower supports an overhead power line (photo)

Energy transition

A transition is underway to a global lower-carbon energy system. Managing this transition is complex: all types of energy will be required to meet the needs of a growing population with rising living standards, yet that energy needs to be less carbon-intensive.

Societies can speed up their energy transitions. For example, by expanding the use of renewable energy, using cleaner-burning natural gas to replace coal, and increasing the use of carbon capture and storage.

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Share of our production that was natural gas in 2016

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70 million tonnes

Direct GHG emissions from facilities we operate on a CO2 equivalent basis in 2016

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1 million tonnes

Amount of CO2 captured by Quest

Inside Energy transition

Towards a low-carbon future

Energy is needed to meet rising global demand, yet that energy needs to be less carbon-intensive.

Our work to address climate change

Shell has four main contributions to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Natural gas

About half of our total production, natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon.

Research and development

We jointly designed, tested and built an energy-efficient concept city car.

Lower-carbon alternatives

Shell invests in a portfolio of lower-carbon energy opportunities, including technologies and fuels.

Chart generators

Build your own individual charts based on the ten-year overview tables for environmental data and social and safety data. Selectable key figures and time periods as well as the option to index the starting point make the data easily comparable.

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