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Shell aims to be net zero by 2050

Shell aims to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, or sooner if possible, as it focuses on its intention to “lead and thrive” through the transition to a low-carbon energy future.

Hoyer fuel tanker drivers trained to support NHS oxygen deliveries

Drivers employed as part of Hoyer’s UK Petrolog fuel tanker delivery team have received training to deliver medical grade oxygen to NHS hospitals treating patients with Covid-19.

Upping the Pace

Shane Bowering is now heading up the Pace brand as development manager as it closes in on its 50th anniversary. The brand was established in 1972 and has been managed by Certas Energy since 2011. In its formative years Pace was closely associated with Aston Martin and Nigel Mansell's early Formula One career. Today, there are around 140 Pace-branded UK forecourts.

Targeting dealers with a Star service

Sticking to what you do best is proving to be the right formula for Valero Energy Ltd, which supplies Texaco-branded fuel to 784 dealer-owned sites in the UK. "We're totally focused on the dealer," stresses Andrew Cox, the company's sales and marketing director. "We haven't had any company-owned sites since 2005, when we started to sell them off. It's a cyclical business, but there are no plans to change that strategy."

BP on the road to transition

BP is on a mission to shape the forecourt of the future. Its focus is the customer and staying relevant in a low-carbon world, according to Nikki Grady-Smith, the company's UK retail director. "We're really shifting from being an organisation that's been driven purely through fuel, to focusing on the customer. We've spent nearly two years changing that mindset to ensure that everything we do how we operate, how we develop our offers is about the customer. If you look at all the future trends, the companies that will win, will be those that are customer-centric."

Making a point

Esso UK is expecting a boost in fuel volumes following the launch of its Nectar loyalty programme on June 1. Patrick Rutherford, the company's retail sales manager, said the full effect of the launch wouldn't be immediate, but would follow key developments already in the pipeline for the Nectar programme, to be introduced in 2020: "We believe this will be the leading loyalty programme in the fuel space, and we think it will drive volume for the Esso brand and for our dealers and branded wholesalers," he said.

Displays that pay

If you're looking to make changes to your forecourt perhaps by investing in new equipment or are considering a move to a different fuel brand, then a trip to The Forecourt Show 2019 is a must.

Refined opportunity

A year after leaving the retail helm at Certas Energy, Ramsay MacDonald is back in the saddle, refreshed and rejuvenated, and greatly enthused about his new role at Essar Oil (UK) as head of retail.

Raising the bar

Last year as she took over the reins as Shell's UK retail general manager, Bernie Williamson said she was on a mission to improve the quality perception of food on the forecourt. She's a woman of her word roll forward to 2019 and the new Jamie Oliver deli by Shell range has just rolled out across more than 500 Shell forecourts.

All change in loyalty swap

A mixed reaction from dealers followed last month's announcement about a major shake-up in the loyalty programmes operated by Esso and BP. It was all change as Esso announced it was moving from Tesco Clubcard to Nectar and simultaneously BP confirmed it was dropping Nectar in favour of a new, yet-to-be-disclosed offer.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East112.4663.50123.15106.89
East Midlands112.21122.26106.78
London113.5664.90124.71108.57
North East110.8763.90125.50105.36
North West111.4965.90121.74106.55
Northern Ireland108.30111.90101.84
Scotland110.85121.31104.90
South East113.30122.65108.11
South West112.20120.84106.51
Wales110.67120.17104.73
West Midlands112.13125.92106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.7057.70123.12106.23

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