Shell Trading – Roon, Team Lead Environmental Products | Shell CareersOn November 5, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I and my team go out and buy carbon credits from projects in developing countries, that reduce carbon emissions. And we bring those credits into the EU, so that companies in the EU, like Shell and our customers, can use them for compliance with the EU emissions trading scheme. So this is, I sit as part of the global CO2 trading desk. And the activity that I do, although I sit here in London, basically involves projects in other countries outside of the UK. So mainly China, India, Latin America, and other parts of the world. My job is great, I guess for a couple of reasons. The first is that I get to do something that is quite new and unique, in a structured environment where I’ve got a lot of support. There’s a lot of support, in terms of approvals, that I get to do things that I want to do. You wouldn’t get to do the things that I do anywhere else, any other company that didn’t have the kind of structure that Shell has, Shell Trading has. The main thing is that what I do produces tangible results. So I can go out and visit these projects and see that they’ve erected wind turbines, or they’ve captured methane from a landfill. And I know that that’s resulted, partially, because of the money that we put into the project. So, those are some of the reasons why I come to work every day. I did my first degree in environmental science. So it was quite a, sort of, scientific theoretical degree. And I did my second degree in environmental technology. So both my degrees were more environmentally based. When I came to Shell Trading, I had no trading experience, in fact, very little experience in economics, outside of, sort of, high school. I came with the theory and the policy knowledge about the Kyoto protocol, and about how these projects functioned, and how you can bring in the credits into the EU, etc., but a lot of the economics, the deal making, the negotiation, all of that came on the job, which again was great. So, the ability to come in not knowing much about the trading side of things, and being able to acquire that here, is, I think, quite unique as well. If you’re the kind of person who wants to be able to make decisions and take responsibility, then this is a great place to be. Because you’re allowed to do that, as long as you can, of course, justify any risks that you take, and as long as you seem to know what you’re doing. But the great thing also is that you get a lot of support and advice. So people, while they do expect you to take responsibility, there are the support functions around who are there to inform you, to give you advice. So you’re not entirely left on your own. But yes, I mean, you do need to be able to be held accountable for what you’re doing, what decisions you make. I have a team which is in Dubai, Singapore, and Beijing at the moment. And so I go to those three locations quite frequently. The projects are around those regions as well. So places like, well predominantly China, but also India, Vietnam, Dubai, Jordan, are sort of the ones that I can think about more recently, where I’ve been out and, sort of, seen the projects as well. There are a lot of oil and gas related projects. But, of course, a lot of the emissions come from oil and gas related projects. So these are projects where, for instance, in a refinery, you put in place a project that makes it more efficient, reduces refinery emissions. You switch from, let’s say, fuel oil to gas. Gas is a cleaner fuel than oil. So although a lot of that is oil and gas dominated, there is still potential to reduce emissions. It’s a great place, which is true, but it’s a great place to be able to do something new and innovative, and to be supported in doing that. And also it’s a great place to grow, and to develop skills that you can use in the future.