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Opportunities for feedstock suppliers

Key benefits for the farm

Additional income source

Looking for ways to diversify revenue is critical to the long-term financial viability of many farms. Biogas produced from the breakdown of farm waste provides an additional income source.

The biogas captured can be used to meet on-farm energy needs, can offset the need to purchase fuels and producers may be able to see excess biogas generated to the grid.

Also reducing and reusing materials in the process such as the effective use of the solid waste byproduct, reduces costs of having to buy manufactured fertilizer.

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Methane released into the atmosphere from farm waste is extremely harmful to our environment, more so than CO2, it absorbs more heat, contributing to global warming. Using this waste to produce energy, reduces the amount of harmful gases in the atmosphere.

Organic nutrients

The material leftover after farm waste is digested, is rich in nutrients. Spreading recovered organic materials to land increases nutrient and water retention improving soil health.

Reduce waste and order

The entire process of turning waste into energy is sustainable with no reliability on fossil fuels or non-renewable sources to make it happen. Most of the processes are natural such as the anaerobic digestion process. As a result, the organic waste is turned into a source of energy that would have once been lost when placed in landfills.

Why Shell?

Shell is committed to producing and supplying low carbon fuels such as renewable compressed natural gas to help lower carbon emissions from transportation.

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We are also committed to other responsibilities:

Protecting the environment

Ensuring our operations do not lead to deforestation is core to our business principles. This means working with our supply chain to prevent deforestation, protect biodiversity, improve traceability, and guard against land being used to grow energy crops which should be supporting the growing demand for food.

All of our purchased feedstock that are considered to be high risk from a human rights, biodiversity, or release of carbon stock perspective are certified as sustainable by credible sustainability initiatives.

Wastes and residues

The carbon intensity of our products depends on the feedstocks chosen and the process and technologies we use. New technologies are enabling our progression from crops to more sustainable alternative feedstocks, such as agricultural waste. This improves the sustainability of our products.

Producing low carbon fuels from waste feedstocks is generally more sustainable than using food or energy crops, however the issues surrounding waste-based feedstocks can be wide-ranging and context specific. We work on an ongoing basis to understand the sustainability issues associated with each project and work very closely with our farmers and suppliers to share best practices and raise sustainability standards across the sector.

Animal care and welfare

Manure from animals bred or kept for the production of food or feed is a valuable renewable fuel source and is used as an RNG feedstock. Shell is committed to ensuring animal care and welfare principles are implemented and adhered to throughout its supply chain. We work closely with partners, and actively engage animal welfare experts, to understand best practices and incorporate them into our operating standards. 

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