CALGARY SHELL CANADA and TREE CANADA planted their one millionth tree late last month. The planting is part of a program to sequester more than 650,000 tonnes of CO2. In 2000 Shell made a voluntary commitment to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions from its oil sands business by 2010. At that time the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, in which Shell is a partner (60%), will have a crude carbon intensity on par or better than the imported oil alternative it replaces.
“Shell continually looks for ways to improve energy efficiency and make technology advancements which boost environmental performance,” said Rob Seeley, Shell’s general manager of sustainable development. “In particular, reducing CO2 is a focus area, which includes the development and use of offsets such as tree planting.”
Shell has contributed close to $2 million to the tree planting program. The program has a goal of 100,000 trees per year.
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