Our Carbon Neutral Aspiration
At Shell Helix we want to help drive the future by reducing our carbon footprint. We are committed to providing lower-carbon alternatives.
Lubricants play a vital role in keeping the world moving. As the world’s needs for mobility increase, so too will the demand for lubricants1. There is a need to balance this increase in demand with the environmental impact of lubricants. As part of Shell Lubricants, we understand customers and consumers expect brands to offer sustainable products and services and make it easier for them to make sustainable choices.2 Motorists and vehicle manufacturers want lower-carbon alternatives for their current and future mobility needs.
Shell is the biggest supplier of lubricants in the world.3 Shell Lubricants focuses on delivering products designed to achieve efficiencies in any technology with moving metal parts, helping achieve fuel economies in passenger and commercial vehicles.
To achieve this, we are focused on two strategic initiatives:
- Reducing CO2 intensity of our own products.
- Helping customers manage their sustainability needs.
Reducing CO₂ intensity of our products
Avoid emissions by optimising the efficiency of our production process and product design and by aiming to embed circular economy thinking at the heart of our lubricants business.
Reduce emissions by improving the energy efficiency of our facilities and increasing the use of renewable energy to help reduce the CO2 emissions of our supply chain.
Helping customers manage their sustainability needs
We help customers set and meet CO2 emissions goals by providing premium products and cutting-edge technology to help maximise performance and processes.
Carbon Neutral Oil - offers the same, high performance technology but with lower emissions and better fuel economy in any car.*
*Based on co2 equivalent avoided per 1l fuel saved, not combusted in the engine. Higher fuel economy based on ACEA M111 fuel economy results compared with the industry reference oil.
More information and associated documentation
Our carbon neutrality calculations are performed through an internal carbon footprint model by Shell. an independent, accredited verification body has subjected the model, which is a source of key parameters and methodologies for carbon intensity calculations on a product level, to a critical review against the international standard ISO 14040/44. For the purpose of this task, a review panel was formed involving external independent industry experts.
Find more details on Shell’s Net Carbon Footprint ambition and how we plan to meet it.
The associated processes have been independently reviewed by Lloyd’s Register, an external, accredited Verification Body. This includes the following processes:
- Processes for calculation of the life cycle carbon dioxide emission associated with a product (documentation here),
- Processes for screening of third-party Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) projects for generation of carbon credits (documentation here)
- Processes for carbon credit procurement, reconciliation and retirement (documentation here)
In addition, an independent, accredited verification body has subjected the model, which is source of key parameters and methodologies for carbon intensity calculations on a product level, to a critical review against the international standard ISO 14040/44. For the purpose of this task a review panel was formed involving external independent industry experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What role have Avoid and Reduce measures played in getting to Carbon Neutral?
Why aren’t you introducing carbon neutral premium products across your full portfolio now and across your conventional products as well as premium? As this is done through your own offsetting programme surely you can do it sooner?
Why aren’t you doing more to reduce CO₂e emissions rather than simply offset them?
How much does offsetting cost and are Shell passing that cost on to the customer?
Is this just greenwashing by Shell?
2 Customers and consumers are increasingly expecting brands to offer sustainable products and services as a table-stake, with 74% globally citing environmental concerns. Consumers want brands to make it easier for them to make sustainable choices (43%), Project Maximus, Shell Insights + Kantar, Nov 2019
4 In the context of this document, terms ‘Net Zero Carbon’ and ‘Carbon Neutral’ are used interchangeably and reflect how Shell Lubricants are branded in different regions. There is no difference in the approach undertaken by Shell to ensure that the CO2 footprint of these products is net zero.
5 Nature-based solutions comprise all activities related to the protection, creation or redevelopment, of natural ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands and wetlands, to help absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
6 Based on Sequence VI fuel economy test using SAE 0W-20