Shell Hydrogen exclusive: We have to throw absolutely everything at it

For some determined detractors, an inherent cynicism is often directed at heavyweight energy companies like Royal Dutch Shell. It has held back in the pursuit of clean energies for years, some might say; it’s still far too rooted in oil and gas; it‘s only making blue-chip statements about clean fuels now that the topic is trending in the public eye.

Over-analysis of group financial disclosures can furnish any argument about Shell’s level of spend in clean energies. Likewise, anyone can lazily criticise the company for a perceived unwavering commitment to fossil fuels; they are of course the axes upon which the global economy currently turns, and those same energy companies have a demand to fill.

But when you scratch the surface of both criticisms, when you open up that metaphorical shell and see what’s inside, it’s clear there’s much more to this energy major’s clean fuel ambitions than might first meet the eye. One might even say there’s a wind of change blowing through a company like Shell.

Shell has been active in the alternative energies space since the early 2000s and the formation of what has become an evolving New Energies business, including investments in solar power, wind power, biofuels, electric vehicle charging, and hydrogen.

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