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but unless we stop using fossil fuel, this dream is impossible. Environmental programs have focused on the concerns of air, land and water quality. Until now, the quality of life that the environment supports has not been actively taken into consideration as a core measure of environmental health. Shell Oil Canada’s environmental policy has been designed to take all of these factors into consideration. I am pleased to submit this report to the CEO of Pacific Environmental, Incorporated in response to its request of March 3. The purpose of this report is to investigate if Shell Oil Canada has a good enough environmental record to be on the list. The scope of this report is to show how well Shell Oil Canada Limited is doing on the commitments they have made. In this report, you will learn about Shell Oil Canada Limited’s progress in sustainable development and what they have accomplished.
Air, Land and Water Sustainable development is about balance. When developing projects like the Athabasca Oil Sands, Shell Oil Canada Limited has to integrate environmental considerations into the operations process. It is our responsibility to ensure that the net balance is positive over the long term. To win people’s trust in operations and growth plans, Shell Oil Canada Limited has to listen and deliver on their promise to preserve the environment. That is what sustainability is really about. Shell Oil Canada Limited is making progress in addressing environmental challenges. New technologies continue to be critical to the corporation’s efforts to reduce impacts on air, land and water. Shell Oil Canada Limited demonstrates environmentally responsibility through: Greenhouse gas emissions reduction, capture and storage. “Shell has said the technology to capture the carbon from the upgrading process is well-known. So storage of the gas is now the major research focus. Shell Quest's plans call for first injecting small amounts of CO2, between 50 and 100 tonnes per year, and then ramping up to up to 1.2 million tonnes.” (Cooper and Schmidt, 2009). Water. Shell Oil Canada minimizes fresh water use, increase recycle and non-potable water use. “In 2008, Shell commissioned a $100 million tailings pilot plant at the Muskeg River mine in order to meet the new government guidelines. “While the directive is technically challenging, Shell has invested substantially in tailings research,” says Laurieanne Lynne, communications advisor, Corporate Shell Canada Limited. “Engineering work started before the ERCB issued its tailings directive as part of Shell’s commitment to sustainable oil sands development. So far, the results of our efforts to create trafficable tailings have been encouraging.”….. And while the tailings get drier and drier, Shell is also recycling water more diligently. At the Scotford Upgrader, effluent from a wastewater treatment plant is being reused, resulting in a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in its water intensity. The company is also exploring opportunities to implement a “zero liquid discharge” system.”(Eisner, 2009).
Canada agreed to lower its emissions by 6 per cent. We need to tackle climate change within the context of energy demand . oil and gas companies will not reach our Kyoto targets without technological advances such as the fuel cell.and providing incentives and offsets through cap and trade programs. The plan imposes industry-wide 18% intensity reductions. Anti-pollution measures to eliminate leaded gasoline. Shell Oil Canada demonstrates reclamation for tailing ponds. “(Cooper. and fens that are torn up as companies mine for bitumen. to limit emissions producing acid rain and to require fuel efficiency standards and catalytic converters in automobiles were taken by Shell Oil Canada and the government. . investments in public transit. followed by 2% reductions every year thereafter until 2020. The International Energy Agency estimates Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions from energy use alone in 2010 will be 28 per cent higher than in 1990. Alberta's ante is $745 million from its $2-billion carbon capture and storage program. wetlands. To be sure. And as we move to meet the world's energy needs. including climate change and local pollution. “The company also talked about reclamation. which it considers before starting a project. as well as some lifestyle changes. 2010). 2009). Conclusion The purpose of the Kyoto Protocol signed in 1997 was to deal with climate change by legally binding the country to lower their 2008-2012 emissions to 5 per cent below 1990 levels. Companies that fail to meet their targets would face prosecution under the criminal code. promising Shell Canada Energy $865 million in financial support for its Quest project near Fort Saskatchewan. the Canadian government released new climate change regulations that would force new oil sands projects to capture and store the bulk of their greenhouse gases. will continue to accelerate as emerging nations grow.”(Tait. Other anti-pollution measures such as greenhouse gas reduction.realistically recognizing the amount of energy that will be required to grow the economy . “Alberta and the federal government laid down their first big bet in the fight to limit carbon dioxide industrial emissions Thursday. any debate about whether climate change is real is over. “For Shell. booked as land it disturbed and reflecting the discounted value of the expected future costs. although the regime would be reviewed in 2012. we recognize that environmental challenges. Land. recycling of water and land reclamation were all initially agreed upon by Shell Oil Canada who adopted these changes as noted in my investigative report below. Shell Oil Canada states there are uncertainties about climate change and believes there is sufficient evidence to support precautionary action. Shell expects to spend between three per cent and five per cent of operating cost on reclamation. the report said. when global economies recover. some companies. forests. While many oil and gas companies stalled the need to deal with the threat of climate change. In March 2008. while Ottawa is chipping in $120 million from a fund that supports large-scale CO2 projects across Canada. new energy efficiency standards and emissions trading system. Demand for energy has been growing and. including Shell Oil Canada are pledging major emission reductions in their own operations and Shell Oil Canada has been promised $865 million to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. Shell takes a provision on its balance sheet for this process. the process of rebuilding the hills. are increasing and must be tackled.
Shell. The Pacific Environmental. But here too. Incorporated’s List of top 25 environmental companies has ranked Shell Oil Canada as number three on list of the top 25 environmental friendly companies where it is commended for its alternative fuel types. The energy industry has a key role to play. Oil and gas companies should not underestimate the challenges they face in meeting Kyoto targets. “Shell Canada says that in its conventional oil and gas business. smart grids and more. says it will cut its emissions in the oil sands in half by 2010. and improved GHG emissions. stance on climate change. reducing its emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels. Oil sands. big investments are being made in new technologies aimed at reducing the amount of water and natural gas used to mine the sticky tar sands.”(Corely.It's critical that government take the lead in defining a framework that will create a viable. 2009).”(Campbell. second generation biofuels. renewable. But if other oil and gas companies adopt the attitude of Shell Oil Canada we would find ourselves and our children living in a much better world. efficient and workable market. . battery technologies. it's on pace to meet Kyoto targets by 2008. complicate the picture. including working on carbon capture and storage technology solutions. 2007).Shell Oil Canada is third place in the ranking because they stand head and shoulders above most of their competitors when it comes to support for Kyoto. which is spending billions on oil sands development. which are causing Canada's emissions to rise quickly.
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