1 Billion Trees in thriving ecosystems and communities

Pledge by

Royal Dutch Shell

Conserving and planting 1 billion trees by investing in high quality afforestation, reforestation and avoided deforestation globally through 2030 and beyond, supporting local communities and biodiversity.

Conserving, Restoring & Growing, Enabling
This pledge will take place from
2020 to 2030 and beyond

Company website

Pledge overview

Shell aims to build a global and high-quality nature-based solutions portfolio at scale. This includes the protection, creation, or restoration of natural ecosystems – forests, agriculture, grasslands, wetlands and coastal – to enhance their carbon storage capacity. Our investments focus on projects that offer co-benefits, including improvements in biodiversity, water quality, flood protection and livelihoods for local communities.

Actions in this pledge

  • Conserving trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Permanent conservation
    Secure a forest through acquisition or legal agreement to avoid planned or unplanned deforestation or degradation, and/or ensure permanent conservation of land
    Conservation support activities
    Support the operating costs and activities of existing conservation areas, including advocacy for conservation policy
    Additional details

    Plans, milestones, delivery and performance monitoring for our pledge are fully aligned with the systems and processes that we have for developing our global nature-based solutions portfolio.


    550-600 million
  • Restoring and growing trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Assisted natural regeneration
    Actions that support natural regeneration without tree planting, such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, forest soil remediation, exotic species control, disease prevention, and wildfire protection
    Re-establishment of forest through planting and/or deliberate seeding on land classified as forest, that has been degraded or where trees are unlikely to regenerate naturally
    Activities that establish and manage the integration of trees into agricultural landscapes, silvopastoral systems, farming in forests and along forest margins and tree-crop production
    Mangrove restoration
    Establishment or enhancement of mangroves along coastal areas and in estuaries
    Additional details

    Plans, milestones, delivery and performance monitoring for our pledge are fully aligned with the systems and processes that we have for developing our global nature-based solutions portfolio.

    Restoring & Growing

    400-450 million
  • Enabling activities for trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Nursery and seedling development
    Establish tree nurseries, including actions such as identification and collection of seeds and/or growing seedlings
    Sustainable forest management
    Activities that support the stewardship and use of forests (including by local communities and indigenous peoples), to maintain their biological diversity, productivity, and regeneration capacity, as well as their potential to fulfil relevant ecological economic and social functions
    Market development for sustainable forest products
    Activities that create markets and demand for ecologically and socially responsible timber and non-timber forest and agroforestry products, e.g. capacity-building for the harvesting and processing of agroforestry products, forest certification standards, etc.
    Education and capacity building
    Forest / tree species conservation and restoration education programmes, targeted educational and behaviour change campaigns, training and capacity building, including promotion of local and traditional knowledge and practices
    Community mobilisation
    Community mobilisation and engagement activities for conservation, restoration and reforestation, including enabling systems of community governance, etc.
    Data collection, management and technological tools
    Activities that provide data and/or technological tools to support conservation and restoration (e.g. monitoring etc.)
    Financial innovation
    Activities that create additional financial opportunities and incentives for conservation, restoration and reforestation (e.g. blended financing vehicles, etc.)
    Additional details

    Plans, milestones, delivery and performance monitoring for our pledge are fully aligned with the systems and processes that we have for developing our global nature-based solutions portfolio.


Carbon benefits

120 million tonnes CO2e per year by 2030

Our ecologically and socially responsible approach

To ensure environmental and social safeguards, project methodologies have requirements regarding ‘no net harm’ that require project proponents to identify potential negative socio-economic or environmental impacts and to take steps to mitigate them. In addition, Shell works with implementation partners to ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is properly agreed before project activities commence, including ensuring that local community representation and involvement in decision-making processes for benefit sharing. This includes possible marginalised groups such as women, youths, and migrants.Safety, security and social governance standards: Shell expects projects to have a positive net impact. Our partners are required to adhere to Shell’s standards and processes to mitigate key Health, Safety, Security and Environment risks to their projects. Shell manages this through a comprehensive due diligence process when contracting with project developers.

Carbon certification: The majority of our projects are certified under credible, high-quality and independent carbon credit standards. Working with PricewaterhouseCoopers, we have assessed and approved a range of global carbon credit standards, including both voluntary and government standards. These include the Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard and the American Carbon Registry.Environmental and social benefits: similarly, most Shell projects are certified under the requirements of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB). The CCB Standards test projects for their delivery of social and biodiversity benefits. By exception, where projects are not certified to the above standards (for example if scale is not sufficient), Shell follows its venture and contract management review process to ensure delivery and performance of the contracts with our implementation partners.

Our system of accreditation

Shell’s projects are assessed under the requirements of recognized third party independent standards including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB). In addition, we work with third party remote sensing platforms to measure and monitor the outcomes of our investments.

Our partners

Currently we work with project implementation partners including Climate Bridge, Forestry and Land Scotland, Landlife, Schleswig Holsteinische Landesforsten, Staatsbosbeheer, Tsilhqot'in National Government, WeForest, and Select Carbon which is a wholly owned Shell company.

We continue to explore new projects with other implementation partners across Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe and Africa.

Our locations

We are developing a global portfolio in line with our ambitions for scale.

Our implementation progress

Pledge implementation progress reporting is managed in collaboration with IUCN’s Restoration Barometer, and is required annually from the year following pledge publication.