Royal Dutch Shell is engaged in a variety of business activities across the world involving the extraction, production, handling, processing, storage and transportation of hazardous products, including hydrocarbons and chemicals. Such activities pose many dangers to its employees and the public, including contributing to climate change as one consequence of environmental pollution.
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Royal Dutch Shell environmental issues
Royal Dutch Shell is engaged in a variety of business activities across the world which of necessity involves the extraction, production, handling, processing, storage and transportation of hazardous products, including hydrocarbons and chemicals. On 13 May 2008, Shell released a report setting out ambitious plans to meet the global energy challenge that can be summed up as more energy, less CO2. The report  describes Shells plans to invest in second generation biofuels and carbon capture and storage. It also discusses utilisation of natural gas and wind power combined with the necessity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operational oil spills. The vast scale of operation means that even with the highest safety and maintenance standards in current and future activity, accidents and events arising from human error or misjudgement and or plant or equipment failure, are likely to occur. The record of past environmental incidents and events detailed in this article should be considered in that context.
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