Taking a long-term view - developing fuels for the future
A Shell case study

Page 0: Introduction

How we use oil is becoming an increasingly important issue. There has been growing concern over society's dependence on oil, the impact of vehicle's exhaust emissions on health and the global effect of greenhouse gas emissions - particularly carbon dioxide - on climate change.Therefore, it is vital that large companies use their research and development capabilities to bring to the market new...
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Page 1: Taking a long-term view

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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, operating in more than 145 countries and employing nearly 120,000 people. Shell produces circa 3% of the world's oil and circa 3.5% of the world's gas. Most people know the company for its retail outlets and its oil and natural gas exploration and production activity. Other Shell activities include: marketing, transporting and...
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Page 2: Research and development

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In any well-run company, research and development (R&D) have strictly commercial functions. They further the company's business aims by creating new and better products, improving existing operations and developing new ones. They provide expert advice for the company and to customers. Shell's R&D programme has a twofold emphasis. It looks to: make the best possible use of...
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Page 3: Contributing to sustainable development

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Shell looks to contribute to sustainable development in three closely interconnected ways, each of which relates to long-term investment in R&D. 1. Meeting the global energy challenge. This includes helping to: provide the extra energy required to sustain world economic development, including more oil and natural gas improve access to modern energy for the two billion people who...
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Page 4: Developing 'future fuels'

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Contemporary transport systems depend on the internal combustion engine and liquid petroleum fuels. Liquid fuels are highly efficient for motor transport because they: provide a lot of energy in relation to their volume can be stored on vehicles in lightweight fuel tanks typically carry vehicles for long distances on a single tankful. The technology to extract and refine crude oil is...
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Page 5: Conclusion

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For the past 100 years, the internal combustion engine and hydrocarbons have helped promote world economic growth. Today, however, we need to reflect on how best to use these fuels to sustain growth. Shell is looking to continue to contribute to the sustainability of the world economy by making existing hydrocarbon-based fuels more efficient, and by removing the harmful effects of pollution...
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