Driving sustainability

Shell has a target to become a net-zero carbon emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.
As the biggest supplier of lubricants in the world, Shell Lubricants says it has a large part to play in delivering this1.
The delivery of carbon neutral lubricants takes Shell one small step closer to reaching this goal. Shell says these lubricants help keep the world moving by ensuring machinery can operate consistently and efficiently at the peak of its performance.
But behind this performance, there is an ongoing need to balance increased operational output with reduced environmental impact; and as demands evolve, expectations change too.
Customers and consumers expect brands to offer solutions that make it easier for them to make sustainable choices.
For motorists, it is important to improve the fuel efficiency of road transport in the future and therefore have the lowest impact on the climate.
Shell says advanced engine oils such as its Shell Helix Ultra Carbon Neutral offer the same great performance and reliability customers have come to expect and meet the highest American Petroleum Institute’s SP engine oil standards – and is now available with the added benefit of being carbon neutral2.
As well as helping avoid or reduce emissions through material choices and operational efficiencies, Shell says the lubricants are now carbon neutral thanks to carbon offsetting through Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits.
Shell aims to offset the annual emissions of more than 200 million liters of advanced synthetic lubricants, expecting to compensate around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking approximately 340,000 cars off the road for one year (Shell notes that actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions).
This represents a key milestone in Shell Lubricants’ multi-year strategy to help customers manage their sustainability needs and its ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by avoiding, reducing, and offsetting emissions. Since 2016, Shell says it has reduced the carbon intensity of its lubricants manufacturing by over 30 percent, and over 50 percent of electricity used in its lubricant blending plants now comes from renewable sources.

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2 “Carbon neutral” indicates that Shell has engaged in a transaction where an amount of CO¬2 equivalent to the CO2e amount associated with the raw material extraction, transport, production, distribution, usage and end-of-life of the Lubricants has been avoided as emissions through the protection of natural ecosystems or removed from the atmosphere through a nature-based process.