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Big Oil braces for shareholder revolt over climate plans in proxy voting season

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Big Oil braces for shareholder revolt over climate plans in proxy voting season

Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19

  • Oil and gas majors on both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings in the coming weeks.
  • The forthcoming proxy season comes amid intensifying pressure on Big Oil to set short- and medium-term targets in line with the landmark Paris Agreement.
  • At present, not a single oil and gas major is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of curbing global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

LONDON — Some of the world’s largest corporate emitters face the prospect of a shareholder rebellion this month, with climate-related votes poised to spike throughout the proxy season.

Oil and gas majors on both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings in the coming weeks. Existing climate strategies are up for votes alongside a range of investor-led resolutions targeting emissions reductions. read more

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Want To Stop Climate Change? Buy Big Oil Stock

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Want To Stop Climate Change?

Buy Big Oil Stock

Jeroen Kraaijenbrink: Contributor: Leadership Strategy: 3 JAN 2022

EXTRACTS

In an age in which stock trading is no longer reserved to Wall-Street and a climate crisis is becoming a reality, sustainability-driven shareholder activism was bound to happen. And we see it happening, with increasing impact—especially in Big Oil, responsible for the largest share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“Thanks to the votes of institutional investors for the Follow This climate resolutions, Shell, Equinor, BP, Phillips 66, and Chevron have reluctantly set climate ambitions covering Scope 3 already.” And, as Follow This announced in their recent investor briefing, they will file no less than eight climate resolutions in 2022, at Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Occidental Petroleum, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum. read more

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Shell sells oil shares from the sea floor: Oil giant begins $7bn buyback scheme

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Shell sells oil shares from the sea floor: Oil giant begins $7bn buyback scheme

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Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) is looking to woo over shareholders following the sale of its US Permian basin assets to ConocoPhillips in September for $9.5bn.

It has launched the opening stage of its much-anticipated $7bn buyback scheme, offering $1.5bn in the first tranche of shareholder distributions.

The first tranche will be open until January 28, with plans to distribute the remaining $5.5bn to be announced in early 2022 read more

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Shell and BP paid zero tax on North Sea gas and oil for three years

The Observer: Shell and BP paid zero tax on North Sea gas and oil for three years

Jon Ungoed-Thomas: Sat 30 Oct 2021 20.15 BST

Shell and BP, which together produce more than 1.7bn tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, have not paid any corporation tax on oil and gas production in the North Sea for the last three years, company filings reveal.

The oil giants, which have an annual global footprint of greenhouse gases more than five times bigger than Britain’s, are benefiting from billions of pounds of tax breaks and reliefs for oil and gas production. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell is selling its Permian Basin oil holdings to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion

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Royal Dutch Shell is selling its Permian Basin oil holdings to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion.

HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell sold its oil and gas production in the Permian Basin, the biggest American oil field, to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash on Monday.

The deal marks a turning point for Shell, which had put considerable effort into developing the 225,000-acre field since buying it from Chesapeake Energy nine years ago, expanding its production to about 200,000 barrels a day. read more

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Shell announces $9.5 billion sale of West Texas oil field assets to ConocoPhillips

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Shell announces $9.5 billion sale of West Texas oil field assets to ConocoPhillips

Hannah Miao: MON, SEP 20 2021

  • Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell announced a deal to sell the entirety of its Permian Basin assets to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash.
  • The sale is set to close in the fourth quarter this year, the companies said.
  • read more

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    5 Things You Need To Know About The World’s Hottest Oil Play

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    5 Things You Need To Know About The World’s Hottest Oil Play

    By James Stafford – Aug 16, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT

    With evidence of an active petroleum system now confirmed after two test wells in Namibia’s 6.3-million-acre Kavango Basin, the game is afoot with 2D seismic and a 6-well exploration drilling campaign that hopes to put this final frontier nation definitively on the commercial oil map.

    Extracts relating to Royal Dutch Shell

    Other companies looking to capitalize on the rise in oil prices: read more

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    Analysis: Benchmark of Big Oil on methane emissions shows ‘significant gap’ between reality and reporting

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    Analysis: Benchmark of Big Oil on methane emissions shows ‘significant gap’ between reality and reporting

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    Geofinancial Analytics’s MethaneScan® benchmark scores the oil and gas producers based on observed methane emissions in the year to this July.

    This first snapshot, of the top 15 producers, finds that oil super-majors Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron are the worst performers, followed by ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil and ExxonMobil. read more

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    Shell agrees to pay $1 million in fines over allegedly manipulative trading

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    Shell agrees to pay $1 million in fines over junior trader’s allegedly manipulative trading read more

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    Oil Companies Rejected by Supreme Court on Moving Climate Fight

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    Oil Companies Rejected by Supreme Court on Moving Climate Fight

    By Greg Stohr: 14 June 2021, 14:32 BST

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by oil companies including BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp., leaving intact an important procedural ruling favoring two California cities suing for billions of dollars to address the impact of climate change.

    The justices, without comment, refused to consider the industry’s bid to shift the lawsuit into federal court, where companies tend to fare better than they do before state tribunals. read more

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    Investors should beware the rising tyranny of social media campaign groups

    Investors should  beware the rising tyranny of social media campaign groups

    Article by Oliver Shah. The Sunday Times May 16, 2021. Page 9 Business Section

    EXTRACT

    On Tuesday, Shell investors will vote on a resolution from Dutch activist Follow This calling for the oil major to set “inspirational” targets for cutting carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Shell, run by Ben van Beurden, cut its dividend last year and has seen its shares slump by more than a third since January 2020. Follow This chalked up a big victory against Shell’s US rival ConocoPhillips last Tuesday, with 58% of investors backing its resolution that the company should take responsibility for so-called scope 3 emissions – the pollution created by users of its fuels. read more

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    Shell Urges Shareholders to Reject Activist Climate Plan

    Shell Urges Shareholders to Reject Activist Climate Plan

    by Bloomberg | Laura Hurst | Thursday, April 15, 2021

    (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s board has urged shareholders to reject a climate resolution filed by Dutch activist investor Follow This in favor of its own energy transition plan, which the company will put to a vote next month.

    The Anglo-Dutch major said that the Follow This resolution, which asks Shell to set and publish targets consistent with the goals of the Paris climate agreement, is “redundant” given its own “more comprehensive strategy,” according to a company notice. read more

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    Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming

    Oil companies defeat New York City appeal over global warming

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected New York City’s effort to hold five major oil companies liable to help pay the costs of addressing harm caused by global warming.

    Ruling in favor of BP Plc, Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions should be addressed under federal law and international treaties. read more

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    Oil titans vow climate collaboration with White House

    Oil titans vow climate collaboration with White House

    March 23, 2021Updated: March 23, 2021 8:24 a.m.

    Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. oil companies promised to collaborate with the Biden administration in its campaign against climate change during a meeting Monday with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy.

    The oil industry leaders pledged support for federal regulations explicitly limiting emissions of methane from wells and other oilfield equipment — a declaration that dovetails with President Joe Biden’s vow to clamp down on leaks of the potent greenhouse gas. read more

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    How the Oil Lobby Learned to Love Carbon Taxes

    How the Oil Lobby Learned to Love Carbon Taxes

    The American Petroleum Institute may come out in favor of a carbon price, a sign of Washington’s dramatic move toward climate-friendly policy.

    By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Leslie Kaufman: 4 March 2021, 07:00 GMT

    Few saw the surprise disclosure earlier this week that the American Petroleum Institute is considering endorsing a price on carbon dioxide emissions and thought the fierce fossil fuel lobby was suddenly becoming climate-friendly. Rather, seasoned industry-watchers say it’s the clearest sign yet that fossil fuel companies see Washington’s shift on climate policy as a real and significant threat. read more

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    Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

    Big Oil’s future could be smaller than its past

    Paul Takahashi. 6, 2021

    Oil companies have crisscrossed the world for more than a century, drilling on nearly every continent and in ever deeper oceans to prospect for fossil fuels that power the global economy.

    While they did, the biggest six or seven companies collectively known as Big Oil reshaped international politics and economies, bending them to their will. Oil executives became statesmen in their own right, negotiating deals with foreign leaders to extract oil from the tar sands of Canada, the deserts of the Middle East, off the coasts of South America and Africa and in the shale formations of the U.S. read more

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