Powering Progress - our strategy towards net-zero
Here’s what we’re doing to help the UK on its path to net-zero.
Shell’s powering progress strategy
Shell Energy will contribute to Shell’s target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.
Under the Shell Energy brand, Shell is guiding households and businesses to a better energy future globally. Here’s just a few of the things we’re already doing here in the UK:
Help for EV drivers
We give EV drivers a helping hand with an exclusive tariff that covers the cost of 2,000 miles a year, with every charge powered by 100% renewable electricity.*
Shell is also rolling out rapid charging on forecourts and we aim to have 100,000 Shell Recharge charge points at service stations and other locations by 2030, all powered by 100% renewable electricity.
This means that 90% of all UK drivers will be within a 10-minute drive of a Shell rapid charger. This includes chargers on forecourts and in new locations like our all-EV hub in Fulham and Waitrose stores.
Carbon neutral home energy
Shell Energy's Go Further tariffs provide carbon neutral home energy by offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions from the full lifecycle of the gas and electricity that we provide to the home.
Shell is trialling approaches to hydrogen as a potential fuel for heat and heavy goods transport. Working together with partners, we’re creating a green hydrogen hub in the Port of Rotterdam using wind power from the North Sea.
Improved energy efficiency
For many years Shell has been providing technology that helps customers reduce usage, such as smart thermostats (in partnership with Google Nest), and smart LED lighting.
Shell Energy customers also get access to an online shop focused on energy efficiency products such as smart thermostats and smart lighting with offers and discounts.
We’re also rolling out smart meters, which help give customers more insights into how they use their energy and prompt them to be more energy efficient. They also provide the essential foundation for a smarter grid.
Building smarter homes
More flexibility must be built into our energy system. Shell Energy’s sister company, Shell-owned sonnen, is a world-leading manufacturer of battery storage. We offer customers with solar panels a complete battery storage solution that helps to reduce their electricity bills.
Our Solar Storage tariff is designed specifically to support solar and battery installs, effectively 'storing' excess energy generated in the summer and releasing it back to customers in the winter through energy bill credits.
Take a look at the below video to find out more about how it works:
A renewable power supply
Renewable electricity production is the key for unlocking our goals.
We aim to provide customers with affordable renewable electricity, and to play our part in helping the UK to reduce emissions.
Since electrons can’t be tracked from generation through the grid to where they’re used in our homes, renewable suppliers use Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates, or REGOs. They provide a way of making sure the electricity customers use at home is matched to the same amount generated from a renewable source, such as a wind farm or a hydroelectric plant.
Shell-owned Limejump manages the power from renewable generators across Britain, all much of which is matched to Shell Energy’s household customers via REGOs. Late last year, Shell agreed to purchase 20% of all the power from the world’s biggest offshore wind farm being built off the coast of Yorkshire, enough to power the equivalent of 800,000 homes.
Shell is also working on a project to build a floating wind farm in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland, generating enough renewable electricity to power 6 million homes. It's part of a £20-£25 billion investment that Shell is making in the UK's energy system by the end of the decade, with the vast majority of funds going to low carbon projects.
*As wholesale costs have dramatically increased, we’ve made the decision to temporarily remove our fixed tariffs from our website. You can read more about this on our dedicated energy market updates page.