Shell today announced it will offer customers carbon neutral lubricants across a range of products for passenger cars, heavy duty diesel engines and industrial applications. Shell aims to offset the annual emissions of more than 200 million litres of advanced synthetic lubricants, expecting to compensate around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)1 emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking approximately 340,000 cars off the road for one year2.

“Shell has set a target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society and our customers,” said Carlos Maurer, Executive Vice President, Global Commercial at Shell. “We know our customers are looking for ways to reduce their net carbon footprint, and as the world’s leading lubricants supplier we have an important role to play. That is why I am pleased to announce the largest carbon neutral programme in the lubricants industry, and one that compensates for the full lifecycle emissions of our products. From today, our consumers, commercial drivers and industrial customers can now enjoy the benefits of improved engine performance and better fuel efficiency in a carbon neutral way.”

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 has reduced the carbon intensity of its lubricants manufacturing by over 30%3, and over 50% of electricity used in its lubricant blending plants now comes from renewable sources3. Shell is also reducing packaging waste from lubricants products at scale by increasing the use of recycled materials and exploring more sustainable packaging solutions across its supply chains.

While measures to avoid and reduce emissions offer the best way to tackle emissions in the long term, until scalable solutions are deployed, carbon offsetting programmes provide an immediate solution to balance CO2e emissions across Shell’s portfolio and value chain. Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits will compensate CO2e emissions from the entire lifecycle of these products, including the raw materials, packaging, production, distribution, customer use and product end of life.

From today, Shell’s carbon neutral lubricants will be available in key markets across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North America. Shell will offset the emissions from a mix of advanced synthetic lubricants in these markets, including Helix and Pennzoil for passenger cars; Rimula and Rotella for heavy duty diesel engines, and a wide range of premium industry lubricants, including Shell Omala in the wind sector, Shell’s range of eco-Label products “Shell Naturelle”, and the Shell Gadus greases product range.

Notes to editors


  1. The term “Carbon Neutral”, indicates that Shell has engaged in a transaction where an amount of carbon dioxide equivalent associated with the acquisition and pre-processing of raw materials, lubricants production, packaging, distribution, and the subsequent use and end of life treatment of the used materials in relation to the Shell Lubricants products, has been removed from the atmosphere through a nature based process, or emissions saved through avoided degradation of natural ecosystems.
  2. Actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions. Full disclaimer is available here.
  3. Internal Shell analysis.

Shell Lubricants:

  • Shell supports projects which focus on protecting and restoring natural ecosystems: they naturally remove CO2 from the atmosphere every year while also improving biodiversity, protecting endangered species and supporting local communities.
  • Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits will compensate CO2 equivalent emissions from the entire lifecycle of these products, including the raw materials, packaging, production, distribution and customer use and product end of life. Each carbon credit represents the avoidance or removal of greenhouse gases equivalent to 1 tonne of CO2.
  • The portfolio of carbon neutral lubricants will include:
    • Shell Helix Ultra 0W in Europe, Asia-Pacific (including China) and the Middle East; Shell Helix Ultra 5W in Asia-Pacific (including China)
    • Pennzoil Platinum 0W, Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage 0W, and Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0W products in the United States and Canada
    • Shell Rimula: R6 and Ultra products in Asia-Pacific and Europe
    • Select Shell Rotella T5 and T6 products in the United States and Canada
    • B2B industry lubricants – a wide range of B2B premium products, including lubricants and greases used in the wind sector, Shell’s range of eco-Label products “Shell Naturelle”, and a variety of other premium products for industrial applications.
  • Shell is the biggest supplier of lubricants in the world, selling approximately 5 billion litres of finished lubricants annually to consumer automotive, commercial automotive, aviation, marine, mining, power generation and industrial segments. For further information, visit our news release issued on 26 November 2020.
  • Shell offers our customers specialised lubricants for hybrid vehicles as well as E-Fluids that help electric vehicles perform better and more efficiently.
  • Read more about how Shell Lubricants is delivering improved performance with lower emissions, fewer natural resources and less waste.

Nature-Based Solutions:

  • Nature-based solutions are projects which protect, transform or restore land. In this way, nature absorbs more CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.
  • The protection, or redevelopment, of natural ecosystems – such as forests, grasslands, peatlands and wetlands – leads to lower concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Such activities can also result in the creation, marketing, trading and sale of carbon credits. They also help deliver many other benefits, including improvements in biodiversity, water quality, flood protection and livelihoods.
  • Shell is one of the most established investors of carbon credits in the world. Our growing portfolio of verified projects helps our customers meet the environmental and sustainability commitments that they have made to their employees, customers and shareholders.
  • For further information on Shell’s investments in natural ecosystems visit:




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