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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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?

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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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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?

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 […]