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Shell still working to reduce emissions despite U.S. pullout from Paris agreement


President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Thursday, but one of the largest companies in the world said it will still do its part to provide clean energy.

Shell Chemicals, which is building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant along the Ohio River in Potter Township, said Thursday that the company’s “position on climate change and the importance of the Paris agreement is well known.”

“We have shared with the administration our support for the U.S. remaining in the agreement,” Shell spokesman Ray Fisher said. “We respect President Trump’s decision and will continue to work closely with his administration on issues related to energy policy.”

Fisher specifically mentioned the local Beaver County project in saying emissions here will be controlled “to the maximum extent.”

He said reducing the plant’s carbon footprint is a priority and will be done by recycling “cleaner burning and high-efficiency tail gas,” which is described as a fuel source for the plant’s furnaces and electrical generation stations.

Additionally, Shell has said it is invested in cleaner-burning natural gas and low-carbon biofuels.

Just because the United States pulled out of the Paris accord doesn’t mean Shell will abandon its move toward cleaner energy, Fisher said.

“Shell recognizes climate change is a challenge which belongs to all of society, not one individual or one country,” Fisher said. “For our part, we will continue to take internal actions and convene important conversations that acknowledge our role in providing more and cleaner energy.”

Shell in April released its annual sustainability report, in which the company said it is working hard to reduce natural gas flaring at its facilities around the world.

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