Shell to supply green energy to Dutch households
Shell will supply energy to Dutch households. The oil and gas company announced on Thursday morning that it had received a permit to sell electricity from wind and solar energy. It is expected that customers will be able to switch to Shell as a new energy supplier by the end of the year. The Dutch company already sold electricity to British and German households.
The oil giant will initially purchase electricity on the free market. In the future, the company aims to deliver directly to the customer. Shell currently already generates energy from wind and solar parks in Borssele and Egmond aan Zee, but sells that electricity to other parties on the energy market. In addition, Shell is currently building a solar park in the Zeeland town of Sas van Gent.
Shell states that households can also opt for CO₂-compensated gas, with the company compensating for consumption by investing in green projects. Energy suppliers Eneco, Essent and Vattenfall active in the Netherlands will have a new competitor with Shell. In 2019, Shell tried to take over Eneco, but that attempt failed.
Criticism of climate policy
Shell has been under fire for some time from climate activists who believe that the company is taking too little action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In May, the sustainability organization Milieudefensie filed a lawsuit against the company for this reason. The judge ruled in favor of Milieudefensie and ruled that Shell had to significantly reduce its CO₂ emissions. According to the judge, the previously proposed policy would be too unambitious.
The oil company announced last month that it would appeal. Board chairman Ben van Beurden said in response that “a court decision against one company is not effective”. Moreover, according to Van Beurden, the most recent plans – to reduce emissions by 20 percent in 2030 and by 100 percent in 2050 – have not been included in the verdict. The judge ruled that Shell had to reduce greenhouse gases by 45 percent by 2030.