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UPDATE 1-Shell plays down risk of stranded oil and gas reserves

Thu, 15th Apr 2021 11:00

* 75% of oil, gas reserves to be produced by 2030, Shell
says

* Shell says climate plan "fully consistent" with U.N. goals
(Adds reserves details, shareholder resolution)

By Ron Bousso

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said
on Thursday the majority of its oil and gas reserves will be
produced by 2050, playing down the risk of stranded assets as it
prepares to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming
decades.

The disclosure is a rare admission by a major oil and gas
company that some of its reserves may be worthless in a world
shifting to renewable energy from fossil fuels in an effort to
stem global warming.

The Anglo-Dutch company said in a document to investors
summarising its climate strategy that around 75% of its proved
oil and gas reserves will be produced by 2030, with an
additional 3% produced after 2040.

Since late 2019, Shell has wiped out over $20 billion from
the value of its oil and gas reserves after lowering the outlook
for commodity prices because of the energy transition and the
impact on demand of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shell had just over 9 billion barrels of oil equivalent in
proved oil and gas reserves last year, the equivalent of around
7 years of its 2020 production, its annual report said.

Shell aims to cut its emissions from well-head to petrol
station to net zero by 2050, and has set out intermediate
targets, in one of the sector's most ambitious plans.

The company said it will focus on hydrogen, biofuels and
offshore wind as well as carbon-sucking technologies and
planting trees, but it has yet to outline exact plans for
reaching the target.

Its annual spending is however set to stay focused on oil
and gas in the coming years.

Shell, the world's largest oil and gas trader, said it sells
around 4.6% of energy consumed in the world and produces around
1.4% of total primary energy.

Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said the net-zero strategy
is "fully consistent" with the more stringent U.N.-backed goal
set in a 2015 Paris conference to limit global warming.

But climate activists and research groups have criticised
plans to allow the use of carbon offsets to permit oil and gas
reserves to be drained.

The Anglo-Dutch company said it will put its energy
transition strategy to a non-binding vote at its annual general
meeting in May, an unprecedented move for oil and gas companies,
said Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics & Engagement for the
Church of England Pensions Board, who has led investor
engagement with Shell.

"With this latest important step in Shell's transition from
an oil and gas producer to be an energy company, a multi-decadal
transition is clearly underway," Matthews said in a statement.

Shell, however, urged investors to vote against a resolution
filed by activist group Follow This calling on the company to
set a target on the absolute reduction of carbon emissions.

"Shell's medium-term target of a 20% reduction in carbon
intensity will not deliver enough absolute emission reductions
to achieve the Paris goals," Follow This head Mark van Baal said
in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Susanna Twidale and Shadia Nasralla;
editing by Barbara Lewis)

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