Shell invests in nature and chargers

Shell has announced a $300m programme to invest in natural ecosystems over the next three years. The programme is part of a wider strategy to mitigate emissions generated by the company’s customers when using its products.

Shell plans to invest at scale in forests, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world, to reduce emissions and capture CO2 while benefitting biodiversity and local communities, starting with a scheme in conjunction with Staatsbosbeheer, the Dutch state forestry service, to plant more than 5m trees over the next 12 years.

Shell has also signed a deal with Land Life Company to create a 300-hectare reforestation project in Spain, and in Queensland, Australia, Shell has established an 800-hectare endangered native forest regeneration project. In Malaysia, Shell and the Sarawak state government are jointly studying the potential for a nature conservation, restoration and enhancement venture for Sarawak’s natural landscape.

The company is also investing to alternative energies for transport, including battery electric vehicle charging, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen. The company unveiled 200 new rapid electric vehicle charge-points, powered by renewable energy, on its forecourts in the Netherlands, on top of 500 ultra-fast chargers being installed on Shell forecourts across Europe, in partnership with IONITY.

Customer can also now attain nature-based carbon credits to offset their emission I the Netherlands, at no extra cost for Shell V-Power petrol or diesel, or an additional 1 cent a litre. Shell will roll out similar choices to customers in other countries, starting with the UK later this year.

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