Sustainability at our service stations
The public face of Shell in the UK is our network of over 1,000 service stations that welcome an estimated five million visitors every week. These service stations have a role to play in helping Shell reach its net zero emissions target. Find out more about what we’re doing to help our service stations, and our customers, lower their carbon footprint.
Did you know that Shell has a target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society?
Our target means change. The business plans we have today will not get us there, so we are transforming our business to meet our target, as society and our customers also change.
Our service stations have a role to play in helping us reach this target and that’s why we’re working hard to lower their carbon footprint as well as help reduce that of our customers. We’re doing this in a number of ways, including:
Find out more below:
EV charging with Shell Recharge
In the UK, we provide our customers with access to a public charging network of nearly 8,000 EV charging pointsi and that includes over 110 Shell Recharge charge points on our forecourts.
We’re continuing to grow our network of charge points and all our forecourt charge points run on 100% certified renewable electricity.ii
Electric vehicle hubs
In Fulham, central London, we’re currently converting one of our conventional fuel service stations into an electric vehicle charging hub that will feature 10 high powered, 175kW charge points. The hub will also offer a seating area for waiting EV drivers as well as an extensive shop offer.
Planning permission for the site was received in early 2021 and we aim to open the site later this year or early 2022, with more hubs to come.
Did you know that hydrogen vehicles produce no greenhouse gases from the exhaust pipe – the only emission is water vapour?
That’s why, in 2017, we became the first branded fuel retailer to sell hydrogen on a UK forecourt. We’ve now opened three hydrogen refuelling stations with partner ITM Power, at Shell Beaconsfield, Shell Cobham and Shell Gatwick North, with two more to follow.
Drive carbon neutral
Not everyone can switch to an EV or hydrogen car overnight and, in the meantime, we want to provide drivers of petrol and diesel cars an option to lower their carbon footprints.
That’s why, in the UK, members of the Shell Go+ rewards programme can opt-in to drive carbon neutral and have the carbon emissions of their fuel purchases offset for them by Shell.
100% renewable electricity
Not only do all of our Shell Recharge charge points run on 100% certified renewable electricity, but all of the electricity that powers our company-owned service stations is 100% certified renewable as well.
We also have solar panels on 26 forecourts with an aim to increase this to 36 by the end of 2021, and we are adding more every year.
Zero waste to landfill
All of our company owned sites are zero waste to landfill.
That means that no matter what type of waste our customers throw into the bin at our stations – whether that be food, plastic bottles, ice cream wrappers or tissues – it will never go to landfill.
Instead, it’ll either be recycled, or it will be sent to an energy-from-waste plant where it will be incinerated to produce energy.
Reducing food waste
Over the course of 2021 so far, 80 of our company owned sites have signed up to Too Good To Go, an organisation that helps our service stations sell any unsold food that they have left over at the end of the day. This allows local customers to buy great food at a great price, and also prevents edible food from being thrown out.
Too Good To Go is the world’s largest market for surplus food and in the first six months of working with them our 80 stations have saved over 38 tonnes of food. By the end of 2021, we expect to have saved an estimated 120 tonnes of food from these 80 service stations.
Recycling on site
We’ll have recycling bins on the majority of our company-owned forecourts by the end of 2021.
Additionally, compostable carrier bags provided by our approved supplier at Shell-branded service stations are certified for industrial composting and, since March 2019, this has prevented nearly 7 million plastic bags from going into circulation.
Our site staff wear uniforms made from sustainable and recycled materials: each red polo shirt is made from recycled polyester and each one contains at least 25 recycled plastic bottles, and the white shirts are made from recycled polyester and sustainably sourced cotton.
We also offer a recycling service so that sites can choose to recycle their old uniforms. At the end of their useful lives, uniforms can then be shredded, pulped and repurposed for re-use in applications such as car dashboards, insulation and mattresses.
And more. We’re also coming up with new ideas every day, so watch this space to find out about what else we’re planning to do to help our service stations reduce their carbon footprint.
More on sustainability
Sustainability at Shell means providing more and cleaner energy solutions in a responsible way.
Shell wants to be a leading player in the transport system of tomorrow. That is why we are taking action today, investing in a range of new transport fuels with low or no carbon emissions, and helping our customers to offset the transport emissions that are less easy to avoid.
i This number also includes access to a public charging network of nearly 4,000 EV charge points via Shell owned NewMotion, and access to nearly 4,000 EV charge points via Shell owned ubitricity.
ii Our renewable electricity is certified by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs), which means that all of the electricity Shell purchases to supply our Shell Recharge sites is matched with the equivalent amount of units from 100% renewable sources in the UK.