Shell will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from its factories in Rotterdam and Moerdijk in the coming years. The oil and gas group has agreed this with the cabinet and the provinces of South Holland and North Brabant.
The company wants to emit 3.9 megatons less CO2 by 2030. That is 20 percent of what the Dutch industry must reduce in total by then. Shell also wants to reduce nitrogen emissions by at least 10 percent.
The goals are set out in a letter of intent that, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is an important step “to reach concrete and binding tailor-made agreements”.
Empty gas fields
To limit emissions, Shell will, among other things, capture and store CO2 in empty gas fields under the North Sea. The company also intends to replace fossil fuels with green electricity and hydrogen.
“I am pleased that we have made ambitious agreements with each other and that Shell is investing in this itself,” responds Minister Adriaansens of Economic Affairs. “I like to help with the preconditions.”
This help could, for example, consist of accelerating the granting of permits for sustainability projects, the construction of CO2 and hydrogen pipelines and the reinforcement and expansion of the electricity grid.
In 2050 CO2 neutral
That Shell expresses the intention to emit less CO2 with the two factories is no big surprise. Two years ago, the group already announced a reduction in 2030, after a judge had ruled on this.
Before then, Shell had already announced that it wanted to be CO2 neutral by 2050, but there was no concrete target for 2030.
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