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.
We are exploring different and more sustainable packaging solutions, for example, new packaging formats or dispensing and refill solutions:
- We will use more recycled content in our bottles, where possible. In Europe, we are working on plans to technically prove the use of recycled resin in our bottles, which we plan to be above the existing 25% recycled resin content required by current legislation. We are moving some of our larger plastic packaging, for example pails, to contain recycled resin from January 2020 and will extend this initiative.
- We are selling more products to our business customers in large formats or dispensers, thereby reducing the amount of packaging required per litre. We transport products in large intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) that can be washed and used again, for example in Europe, 8 out of 9 IBCs are reused by factories1. Reconditioning or re-using packs (such as reconditioned IBCs or drums) avoids both raw materials extraction and fabrication emissions and uses energy only to clean and repair the packs. Reconditioned steel drums give a 30-50% reduction in carbon footprint compared with new ones1. We are working to increase these amounts. We also continue to reduce the amount of material used in our packaging, for example, by making our drums lighter in weight.
- We are exploring different packaging concepts that are more sustainable (i.e. different materials or different supply chain models). For example, Ecobox, used in China is an alternative to traditional plastic packaging for motor oil for light-duty vehicles. It’s a plastic liner bag containing 24 quarts (~23 litres) of oil in a recyclable carton, which can reduce plastic usage in the packaging by more than 80% and CO2e2 emissions by more than 60%3.
- We have also started two pilot projects using sugar cane resin, which has carbon negative properties. New sugar cane resin lubricants bottles can reduce the carbon footprint of the production by 83% compared to our current specification.
1 Internal Shell analysis.
2 CO2e (CO2 equivalent) refers to CO2, CH4, N2O.
3 Over 80% plastic reduction in box liner vs. 5 individual 4L Shell Helix bottles.
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.