Just Released! Order “Waking Up to Climate Change” by George Ropes, and receive 25% Discount. Learn More

Close this search box.
Close this search box.

HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

Shell Maps Radical Plan for its Energy Future & Ours: HYDROGEN

Royal Dutch Shell gets it; other Big Oil firms still do not. Shell sees hydrogen gas providing 10% of global energy consumption by 2070, with many cars, trucks, and even airplanes running on hydrogen, despite the current enthusiasm for battery-electric vehicles. Shell is being pushed by activist shareholders to be more transparent and more environmentally responsible. The Anglo- Dutch firm plans to convert some of its natural gas plants to produce hydrogen. Shell sees the demand for oil stagnating in the 2020s, with natural gas declining in the 2040s, as governments mandate that many grids be powered 100% by wind, solar, and hydro. All the measures it foresees in its just released Sky scenario, will only limit global temperature warming to 1.7-1.8°C, which is under the Paris target of 2°C but above the aspirational target of 1.5°C.  The biggest impact governments could have on meeting the Paris goals would be to tax or price carbon by 2030. So, while Shell is relatively more enlightened than its peers, and recognizes that governments must complement energy industry efforts, it is vague on how it plans to achieve its ambitious targets, and it is silent on how to encourage its peers to match or exceed those targets. It is also silent on how to pressure governments to price carbon and curtail carbon subsidies.

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.


More Posts Like This


Solar Power: One of the Most Impactful Renewable Energies To Combat Climate Change

Several innovative technologies, such as solar power, wind power, green hydrogen power, electric vehicles, etc., have the potential to significantly impact mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable practices. In this essay, I am going to talk about solar power and


Cloud Computing: Driving Environmental Sustainability in the Digital Age

Sustainable technology, known as Green IT, is reshaping the way we approach technology in business and industry. It emphasizes developing and using technology without harming the environment. Cloud computing is a prime example of sustainable technology. It allows companies to store data on external servers which reduces costs and infrastructure


The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture, Industry, and Tourism: A Multifaceted Challenge

Climate change is an overarching global issue that impacts a variety of sectors, including agriculture, industry, and tourism. These changes, in turn, affect various groups of people, such as farmers, city dwellers, and the economically disadvantaged. The effects of climate change on these sectors and communities are interconnected,