Shell to quit US refining lobby over climate policy disagreements

Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday that it will leave a leading U.S. refining lobby because of disagreements over climate policies.

In a review of its association with 19 industry groups, Shell found "misalignment" with American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), including over the Paris Agreement, which the energy company supports.

"We have decided not to renew our membership of AFPM in 2020 as a result," they announced in the review.

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Shell became the first major oil and gas company to leave AFPM because of disagreements over climate policy, according to Reuters.

Shell highlighted other differences between its positions and those of AFPM, including over carbon pricing and Obama-era fuel economy standards.

The decision to review its ties to industry groups comes as Shell tries to show it commitment to addressing climate change to investors.

"The need for urgent action in response to climate change has become ever more obvious since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015," Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in the review.

"As a result, society’s expectations in this area have changed, and Shell’s views have also evolved."

AFPM CEO Chet Thompson thanked Shell for its “longstanding collaboration" in a statement Tuesday.

"AFPM will continue to foster collaboration among our nearly 300 members on important topics like safety and environmental protection. We will also continue working on behalf of the refining and petrochemical industries to advance policies that ensure reliable and affordable access to fuels and petrochemicals, while being responsible stewards of the environment."