Chevron vows big increase in low-carbon spending
Chevron is pledging to invest $10 billion through 2028 in a push to expand renewable fuels and gas, hydrogen and carbon capture.
Driving the news: The oil giant this morning announced specific targets for fuels production and CO2 capture levels by 2030.
- It pledged to reach 100,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels including renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels.
- Achieve 150,000 tonnes per year of hydrogen production.
- Capture or offsetting 25 million tonnes per year of CO2.
- The $10 billion, which Chevron called triple its prior plans, includes $2 billion to lower the emissions intensity of its operations, it said.
The big picture: The company said it's focused on fuels that help lower emissions from sectors that are hard to electrify, like aviation and heavy industry.
Why it matters: Oil giants face increasing pressure from investors and activists to do far more on climate change.
- Advocates want far tougher steps that move the companies away from their dominant carbon-emitting oil-and-gas businesses, and the new pledges are unlikely to significantly ease that criticism or pressure.
Catch up fast: Chevron in March announced new targets for cutting emissions intensity — that is, per unit of output — and has been striking new deals and partnerships on alternative fuels and climate.
- But the company and its peer Exxon have so far eschewed the long-term "net zero" pledges popular among European majors.
What they're saying: Andrew Logan, of the sustainable investment advocacy group Ceres, said in an email, "[A]t a quick glance this looks like a step forward, but a relatively modest step when what is needed is a giant leap."