The decade of the Just Transition has begun — but how do we radically and responsibly restructure Royal Dutch Shell and other carbon majors by any legal, political and economic means? Welcome to Future Beyond Shell: presenting you the latest research, stories and imaginaries!

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REPORT: Still Playing the Shell Game: four ways Shell impedes the just transition

Colonialism, ruthless financialisation, and insidious tactics designed to obscure the truth and hold onto power; a breakdown of how Shell has accumulated power and profit, and why it cannot be part of a just energy transition.

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S01E01

Introduction: The State of Shell

Introduction: The State of Shell

In order to identify and assess the tools it may take to dismantle a corporation like Shell, we first need a good understanding of how the company operates in the context of the global political economy. What tactics have helped Shell to become the powerful oil and gas major it is today and which ones is it likely to pursue in future?

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S01E04

See You in Court! Part 1

See You in Court! Part 1

In this episode, we will discuss the role of court cases and strategic litigation as tactics to counter the power of fossil fuel companies at large, and Shell in particular. How effective is litigation in actually holding fossil fuel companies accountable and preventing disastrous climate breakdown? Can they account for the international nature of Shell and its contributions to global emissions? Are court cases a key tool to move towards a Future Beyond Shell?

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S01E00

Future Beyond Shell Trailer

Future Beyond Shell Trailer

Get ready for the 9th of November when we will be launching the first season of the Future Beyond Shell podcast! Shell has long been impeding any hope of a Just Transition from the fossil fuel age, making an end to Shell necessary, overdue and inevitable. But what are the pathways to a Future Beyond […]

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Shell’s legal weapon to threaten a just energy future

Shell’s legal weapon to threaten a just energy future

The Energy Charter Treaty is the fossil fuel industry's legal enforcement lobby outside all national sovereignty and democratic accountability. Can we really talk about a just energy transition while instruments like ECT and ISDS are still operational?

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Six Principles of Just Transition

Six Principles of Just Transition

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Dutch court case claims Shell’s operations violate human rights

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'Finally some justice': court rules Shell Nigeria must pay for oil damage

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S01E02

Going for Broke

Going for Broke

In this episode, we will explore lessons from past bankruptcies in the fossil fuel sector, and what they might mean for Shell. While most people agree that Shell is not currently close to filing bankruptcy, bold climate policy and emissions targets set by governments might bring Shell closer to the edge. This is how we arrive at the question, would letting Shell go bankrupt be a reasonable strategy? Could letting big polluters go bankrupt finally facilitate a Just Transition away from fossil fuels? Or will they simply leave workers and impacted communities to fend for themselves in the midst of abandoned fossil infrastructure?

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S01E05

See You in Court! Part 2

See You in Court! Part 2

In this episode, we will continue our conversation on the role of strategic litigation as a tactic to counter the power of fossil fuel companies at large, and Shell in particular. How effective is litigation in actually holding fossil fuel companies accountable, in terms of historical environmental injustices like pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria, and in terms of shifting power to oppressed, often racialized communities? Are court cases generally 'too little, too late,' or do they have genuinely transformative power? Are they a key tool to move towards a Future Beyond Shell?

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REPORT: The Future We Want

REPORT: The Future We Want

How can energy be owned, managed, and produced in a way that is just, clean and affordable? Principles to root ourselves in and pioneering examples from around the world pave the way towards a Future Beyond Shell and the injustice it represents.

article

The dirty truth about Shell's children’s marketing

The dirty truth about Shell's children’s marketing

As the fossil free movement gains traction, Shell and other multinationals are increasingly concerned about their public image. Elaborate marketing and advertising campaigns are used to cover the dirty truth with a green coating.

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A Requiem from the Future

A Requiem from the Future

We have received the following obituary about Shell’s demise, from an author reaching us from the future. Reluctant to disrupt the arc of history bending towards justice, we are publishing it unredacted.

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Shell to expand gas business despite pledge to speed up net zero carbon drive

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Shell continues to invest mainly in fossil fuels, despite stricter CO2 targets

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LISTEN NOW: Future Beyond Shell Podcast series

LISTEN NOW: Future Beyond Shell Podcast series

Suing, taxing, regulating, nationalising, bankrupting; what are the pathways to a Future Beyond Shell? Sign up for the podcasts series —launching in April— to explore how multinationals like Shell could, and eventually will, meet their end.

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S01E03

Putting a Price on Carbon

Putting a Price on Carbon

Shell has consistently supported carbon emissions trading and, in certain areas of the world, carbon taxes. Beyond carbon capture and nature-based solutions, it promotes reliance on carbon markets as a core climate action strategy that is in line with their business goals. But how successful have these neoliberal tools really been in moving us towards an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist future? Can some of their inefficiencies be resolved by tweaking market rules or is the idea of carbon pricing simply doomed to fail based on an inherently flawed logic?

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S01E06

Nationalizing Shell

Nationalizing Shell

There are a number of pathways to nationalization. In Shell's case, as a British and Dutch-owned company, we will explore where such a nationalization might take place, and a few of the mechanisms, as well as various implications of public ownership. Would a nationalization mitigate global warming to 1.5C, as outlined in the Paris Agreement? How can we ensure we actually wind Shell down once we take it into public ownership? How might nationalization support fossil fuel workers in a transition?

article

Quick profits, lasting damages: Shell’s unsustainable business model

Quick profits, lasting damages: Shell’s unsustainable business model

An in-depth analysis of Shell’s financialisation reveals how they have maximised profit at any expense. Creative tax structures, dividend and share gymnastics, strategic debt and asset accumulation; read how Shell became the archetype neoliberal multinational.

article

The birth of a corporate colonial player

The birth of a corporate colonial player

Oil interests are deeply entrenched in colonial history, and benefit from the colonial dynamics that persist today. The following article unpacks Indonesia’s history of oil, colonialism and local resistance, not only revealing Shell’s complicity, but also its direct interests in colonial violence.

news

Shell freezes salaries, cuts $1bn in bonuses amid overhaul

news

Oil major Shell reports sharp drop in full-year profit, raises dividend

Oil major Shell reports sharp drop in full-year profit, raises dividend

news

Shell makes $20bn loss as Covid crisis downgrades assets

podcasts

LISTEN NOW: Future Beyond Shell Podcast series

LISTEN NOW: Future Beyond Shell Podcast series

Suing, taxing, regulating, nationalising, bankrupting; what are the pathways to a Future Beyond Shell? Sign up for the podcasts series —launching in April— to explore how multinationals like Shell could, and eventually will, meet their end.

podcasts

S01E01

Introduction: The State of Shell

Introduction: The State of Shell

In order to identify and assess the tools it may take to dismantle a corporation like Shell, we first need a good understanding of how the company operates in the context of the global political economy. What tactics have helped Shell to become the powerful oil and gas major it is today and which ones is it likely to pursue in future?

podcasts

S01E02

Going for Broke

Going for Broke

In this episode, we will explore lessons from past bankruptcies in the fossil fuel sector, and what they might mean for Shell. While most people agree that Shell is not currently close to filing bankruptcy, bold climate policy and emissions targets set by governments might bring Shell closer to the edge. This is how we arrive at the question, would letting Shell go bankrupt be a reasonable strategy? Could letting big polluters go bankrupt finally facilitate a Just Transition away from fossil fuels? Or will they simply leave workers and impacted communities to fend for themselves in the midst of abandoned fossil infrastructure?

podcasts

S01E03

Putting a Price on Carbon

Putting a Price on Carbon

Shell has consistently supported carbon emissions trading and, in certain areas of the world, carbon taxes. Beyond carbon capture and nature-based solutions, it promotes reliance on carbon markets as a core climate action strategy that is in line with their business goals. But how successful have these neoliberal tools really been in moving us towards an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist future? Can some of their inefficiencies be resolved by tweaking market rules or is the idea of carbon pricing simply doomed to fail based on an inherently flawed logic?

podcasts

S01E04

See You in Court! Part 1

See You in Court! Part 1

In this episode, we will discuss the role of court cases and strategic litigation as tactics to counter the power of fossil fuel companies at large, and Shell in particular. How effective is litigation in actually holding fossil fuel companies accountable and preventing disastrous climate breakdown? Can they account for the international nature of Shell and its contributions to global emissions? Are court cases a key tool to move towards a Future Beyond Shell?

podcasts

S01E05

See You in Court! Part 2

See You in Court! Part 2

In this episode, we will continue our conversation on the role of strategic litigation as a tactic to counter the power of fossil fuel companies at large, and Shell in particular. How effective is litigation in actually holding fossil fuel companies accountable, in terms of historical environmental injustices like pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria, and in terms of shifting power to oppressed, often racialized communities? Are court cases generally 'too little, too late,' or do they have genuinely transformative power? Are they a key tool to move towards a Future Beyond Shell?

podcasts

S01E06

Nationalizing Shell

Nationalizing Shell

There are a number of pathways to nationalization. In Shell's case, as a British and Dutch-owned company, we will explore where such a nationalization might take place, and a few of the mechanisms, as well as various implications of public ownership. Would a nationalization mitigate global warming to 1.5C, as outlined in the Paris Agreement? How can we ensure we actually wind Shell down once we take it into public ownership? How might nationalization support fossil fuel workers in a transition?

podcasts

S01E00

Future Beyond Shell Trailer

Future Beyond Shell Trailer

Get ready for the 9th of November when we will be launching the first season of the Future Beyond Shell podcast! Shell has long been impeding any hope of a Just Transition from the fossil fuel age, making an end to Shell necessary, overdue and inevitable. But what are the pathways to a Future Beyond […]

feature

REPORT: The Future We Want

REPORT: The Future We Want

How can energy be owned, managed, and produced in a way that is just, clean and affordable? Principles to root ourselves in and pioneering examples from around the world pave the way towards a Future Beyond Shell and the injustice it represents.

article

Quick profits, lasting damages: Shell’s unsustainable business model

Quick profits, lasting damages: Shell’s unsustainable business model

An in-depth analysis of Shell’s financialisation reveals how they have maximised profit at any expense. Creative tax structures, dividend and share gymnastics, strategic debt and asset accumulation; read how Shell became the archetype neoliberal multinational.

article

Shell’s legal weapon to threaten a just energy future

Shell’s legal weapon to threaten a just energy future

The Energy Charter Treaty is the fossil fuel industry's legal enforcement lobby outside all national sovereignty and democratic accountability. Can we really talk about a just energy transition while instruments like ECT and ISDS are still operational?

article

The dirty truth about Shell's children’s marketing

The dirty truth about Shell's children’s marketing

As the fossil free movement gains traction, Shell and other multinationals are increasingly concerned about their public image. Elaborate marketing and advertising campaigns are used to cover the dirty truth with a green coating.

article

The birth of a corporate colonial player

The birth of a corporate colonial player

Oil interests are deeply entrenched in colonial history, and benefit from the colonial dynamics that persist today. The following article unpacks Indonesia’s history of oil, colonialism and local resistance, not only revealing Shell’s complicity, but also its direct interests in colonial violence.

article

Six Principles of Just Transition

Six Principles of Just Transition

article

A Requiem from the Future

A Requiem from the Future

We have received the following obituary about Shell’s demise, from an author reaching us from the future. Reluctant to disrupt the arc of history bending towards justice, we are publishing it unredacted.

news

Shell freezes salaries, cuts $1bn in bonuses amid overhaul

news

Dutch court case claims Shell’s operations violate human rights

news

Shell to expand gas business despite pledge to speed up net zero carbon drive

news

Oil major Shell reports sharp drop in full-year profit, raises dividend

Oil major Shell reports sharp drop in full-year profit, raises dividend

news

'Finally some justice': court rules Shell Nigeria must pay for oil damage

news

Shell continues to invest mainly in fossil fuels, despite stricter CO2 targets

news

Shell makes $20bn loss as Covid crisis downgrades assets