Ben van Beurden: ‘Reducing dependence on gas and oil is undoable overnight’


INTERVIEW – The managing director of Shell, a British oil giant, reveals to the Figaro its group strategy for the energy transition.

Le Figaro. – You came to Paris despite the cancellation of Choose France. Why?

Ben VAN VEURDEN. – Choose France has been cancelled, but not our projects. France is one of the key countries in which to invest in the energy transition. For a hundred years, we have been selling gasoline in France. From now on, we want to develop the energies of the future there. We invest 100 million euros a year in France, and we can do much more: we have identified four billion euros worth of investment opportunities in France: offshore wind tenders, hydrogen production green, the installation of electric charging stations, or even the manufacture of biofuel for aviation. To realize our projects, we need the support of public authorities. They must establish obligations for the use of tomorrow’s energies and put in place incentive rules for producers.

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