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Statoil, Total, Shell Prove Precocious in Weaning from Oil

Submitted by on March 12, 2018 – 12:38 pmNo Comment

by Cassandra Sweet (GreenBiz)  When it comes to addressing climate change, oil companies are all over the map. Meeting this week in Houston at CERAWeek, the world’s biggest oil and gas conference, the world’s biggest oil companies talked about oil and climate change — sometimes in the same sentence.

But while European oil majors such as Statoil and Total spoke about their long-term plans to shift their focus away from oil, toward natural gas and renewable energy, in line with the global transition to a low-carbon economy, their American counterparts appeared less convinced that demand for oil will diminish in future decades.

“The big debate in the industry and among investors is: Is there a role for the (oil) industry to play in a low-carbon transition?” said Andrew Logan, director of oil and gas at Ceres. “Do they bring anything other than cash to the table? That’s very much an open question.”

Royal Dutch Shell plans to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2050 by expanding into renewable energy and scaling back growth in oil and gas.

Shell has the right idea, climate mitigation experts say.

In ConocoPhillips’ climate plan,  the company describes plans to cut emissions from its operations, by boosting efficiency, plugging leaks and cutting back on gas flaring. But there is little mention of boosting investment in renewable energy, scaling back oil operations or taking other actions that would reduce the company’s exposure to oil and petroleum products.

ExxonMobil in February acknowledged the threat of climate change, but predicted that global greenhouse-gas emissions will continue rising until 2040, as oil and natural gas is produced to meet more than half the world’s energy demand, with oil providing the largest share, due to strong demand from the commercial transportation and chemical industries.

Among the clearest was an announcement the World Bank made in December that it won’t finance any upstream oil and gas projects after 2019.   READ MORE

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