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Voser made our list because Royal Dutch Shell is one of the two largest oil and gas companies on the planet by revenue. (Shell, like all our oil-and-gas-company-addressees, is among the world’s largest companies of any type, not merely large for an oil-and-gas company.)
Shell operates in over 90 countries and is active in all areas of the oil/gas industries, from exploration to acquisition, refinement, and eventually, consumer sales.
Despite its status as a petrofuel giant, Shell does have minimal holdings in renewable energy such as biofuels.
Shell publishes a voluntary yearly Sustainability Report that purports to objectively assess its own environmental impact, and that clearly acknowledges a link between energy usage and climate change.
Why that’s not enough
Shell has been known to “greenwash” its unsustainable practices.
Even if the Sustainability Report is well-intentioned and honest, it still outlines a future largely based upon fossil fuel and as-yet-experimental carbon capture technology, rather than a rapid transition away from fossil fuel towards clean energy.
Shell’s oil and natural gas production in the Niger Delta has caused massive pollution of the Nigerian coast via copious natural gas flare-ups and old, corroded, leaky pipelines. [http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/media_briefing/gasflaringinnigeria.pdf]
Shell is responsible for the largest freshwater oil spill in history. In January 1999, a Shell tanker collided with another ship and spilled its contents (over five million liters of oil), contaminating the coast of Magdalena, Argentina. Shell was found responsible for the spill, but was only fined the equivalent of $10m USD – a payment which it contested. [http://www.bnamericas.com/news/oilandgas/Court_rules_Shell_must_spend_US*35mn_on_Magdalena_clean-up]
Shell has remained defiant about the risk of future oil spills, even when its industry rivals have exercised restraint.
Shell is a massive driver of oil and gas exploration and continues to pursue increasingly dangerous, increasingly carbon-heavy methods of oil and gas production (such as deep-water drilling and oil sands like those motivating the plan to build the Keystone XL Pipeline) instead of investing more money in renewable and sustainable fuel research and development.