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Protect your Local Ecosystems and your Equipment

Businesses in every sector want to protect the environment, while meeting the challenges of maintaining or increasing output, complying with rapidly changing legislation, and defending their license to operate. All of this requires the proper maintenance and protection of equipment. Biodegradable ‘environmentally acceptable’ lubricants can help.

The Shell Naturelle range goes beyond “environmentally acceptable”:

  • Offers a broad choice of lubricants containing a high percentage of renewable1, responsibly and sustainably sourced bio-derived materials. A high percentage are EU Ecolabel endorsed2.
  • Well-balanced technically - rigorously tested for wear, rust and corrosion protection in the most severe conditions, from high temperatures and pressures, to long operating hours and heavy loads.
  • Is also readily biodegradable, with low ecotoxicity. This means they will not harm plants, animals and the local ecosystem in the event of an accidental spill or leakage.

As well as helping to avoid or reduce emissions through material choices,3 and manufacturing processes,4 Shell Naturelle is now carbon neutral5 thanks to Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits.

Rigorous testing to demonstrate performance

Shell considers the OECD 301 B test a suitably stringent method for evaluating the biodegradation performance of typically poorly-water-soluble lubricants and greases.​​ In this test, according to the OECD guidelines, if 60 per cent of a product has degraded over the course of 28 days, it is classed as readily biodegradable.

All Shell Naturelle products are classed as readily biodegradable – they can be assumed to rapidly and completely biodegrade in aquatic environments and under aerobic conditions6.

As such they meet or exceed a wide range of environmental standards and approvals7, including:

  • EU Ecolabel
  • USDA BioPreferred Program
  • SS 15 54 34 (hydraulics)
  • EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels 2013
  • ISO 15380 (hydraulics)

So, you can count on Shell Naturelle to protect the environment – and your machinery.

1 Tested in accordance with ASTM D6866 standard test methods for determining biobased content; RSPO-certified source materials.

2 85% of Shell Naturelle volumes sold in 2019 held an EU Ecolabel licence.

3 At least 25% post-consumer resin in all plastic packaging, pails and IBCs.

4 Bern, Switzerland, 90 MWh of electricity generated from solar energy, representing 19% of the plant’s total electricity use and avoiding an estimated 0.004 kt/y of greenhouse gas emissions (2019 data).

5 In participating locations. “Carbon neutral” indicates that Shell has engaged in a transaction where an amount of CO₂ equivalent to the CO₂e amount associated with the raw material extraction, transport, production, distribution, use and end-of-life of the product has been avoided as emissions through the protection of natural ecosystems or removed from the atmosphere through a nature-based process. CO₂e (CO₂ equivalent) refers to carbon dioxide (CO₂), methane and nitrogen oxides.

6 Readily biodegradable in accordance with OECD 301 B, >60% degraded by the end of the 28-day test.

7 Meeting the requirements of OECD common acute toxicity tests for assessing EALs according to US EPA requirements.


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