“Using solar energy to help power our lubricant plants enables us to reduce the carbon intensity in our lubricants supply chain,” said Richard Jory, Shell’s Vice President, Lubricants Supply Chain. “Every industry has to do its part in developing cleaner ways of working and this is part of our commitment to run a safe, efficient, responsible and profitable business.”

The solar energy generated will be used to help power operations at these lubricant plants, lowering operating costs in the long-run and reducing reliance on the grid. All panels will be installed by end-2019. Shell is looking to expand the use of solar panels in other lubricant plants around the world.

Other examples of Shell’s work to make its lubricants business less carbon intensive include improving the energy efficiency of its lubricant plants, and working to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging across the lubricant supply chain.

Notes to Editors:

  • Shell has the largest lubricants business in the world and have been market leaders for the past 12 years. We sell about five billion litres of lubricant every year, roughly one third of which goes into passenger cars, and two-thirds into industrial and heavy-duty use.
  • The seven lubricant plants with solar photovoltaic panels installed are the Nangang, Zhapu and Zhuhai plants in China, Taloja plant in India, Cisliano plant in Italy, Tuas plant in Singapore and Bern plant in Switzerland.
  • The estimate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided are calculated using a location-based method for Scope 2 indirect GHG emissions, as defined by the World Resources Institute GHG Protocol.
  • The estimate of GHG emissions generated by a car are based on the assumption of tailpipe CO2 emissions only, C-Segment car, 6l/100 km gasoline, 12,000 km/year, 2.36 kgCO2/litre gasoline.

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