Shell’s Big Dirty Secret
Insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oilcompany and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer
Executive summary31 Shell’s greenwashing campaign52 Shell: The world’s most carbon intensive oil company7
The carbon intensity of major oil companies7Greater vulnerability to carbon pricing8Total resources analysis8Our Analysis9
3 “Leadership” in unconventional oil10
Unconventional oil: What is it and why you should be worried10Relying on oil sands to restore Shell’s tarnished reputation12“Eye-popping” acquisitions make Shell the oil sands leader12Oil shale: Shell at the cutting edge of the world’s dirtiest oil12A flawed emission reduction strategy13Carbon capture and storage: another flawed response13
4 50 years of gas flaring in Nigeria15
Economic and health costs from gas flaring15The struggle of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni against gas flaring15Efforts to stop gas flaring16Ongoing Flaring & Shell’s Numbers Games16Profit first: Damning internal “flaring files”17Flare out deadlines continue to slip18
5 Limited renewable energy initiatives20
Renewables: A vital new market20Growing a green portfolio?20Coming clean on clean energy21Biofuels: Not a clean energy alternative22
6 Lobbying EU institutions against action on climate23
Lobbying against fuel quality23Scaremongering at the EU over the Emissions Trading Scheme24
7 Weakening U.S. climate legislation25
Millions spent each year on lobbying25Shell weakens climate legislation25
Appendix one: methodology for calculating the carbon intensity of oil companies26Appendix two: Flaring calculations 28Endnotes 30
image © d. thompson. Published in June 2009.
This Report has been also produced with the financial assistance of the European Union as a part of “Extractive Industries – Blessing or Curse?”project. The content of this Report is the sole responsibility of Shell Guilty Campaign and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting theposition of the European Union. The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from the European Union.
researched and written by
Lorne Stockman, Andy Rowell and Steve Kretzmann.
Paul de Clerck, DarekUrbaniak, Ben Schreiber, and Kate McMahon.
Elizabeth Bast and Steve Kretzmann.
Shell GuiltyCampaign: Oil Change International, Friends of the Earth (International, Europe, U.S. and The Netherlands), PLATFORM,and Greenpeace UK. The authors would like to
Wallace Global Fund, Grassroots International and the Dutch Ministryfor Development for supporting the production of this report.