Shell’s net zero plan: grotesque and delusional

Campaigners criticised Shell's failure to cut oil production and its over-reliance on tree-planting


Today Shell published its net-zero emissions strategy. Greenpeace highlights the most glaring flaws in Shell’s plan as: 

  • Having no requirement to cut absolute carbon emissions, only setting ‘emissions intensity’ targets;
  • Putting the onus on customers and society to change behaviour;
  • Having no commitment to cut upstream production;
  • Including an impossible reliance on tree-planting;
  • No target for the production of renewables power.

In response, Mel Evans, head of Greenpeace UK’s oil campaign, said: “Shell’s grotesque ‘customer first’ strategy seeks to blame customers first for climate change.

“Meanwhile Shell, the powerful oil major, brazenly says it will dodge oil production cuts and will simply let output dwindle.

“Without commitments to reduce absolute emissions by making actual oil production cuts, this new strategy can’t succeed nor can it be taken seriously. Shell’s plans include a delusional reliance on tree-planting.

“Communities around the world have been flooded, while others are on fire. Governments are upping their commitments on renewables, while competitors are pivoting – but Shell’s big plan is to self-destruct and take the planet down with it.”


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