In 2014, Castrol became the first company in the world to offer a certified carbon neutral lubricant, Castrol PROFESSIONAL, in accordance with PAS2060. Ever since, Castrol has continued to expand its carbon neutral offer across cars, commercial vehicles, and wind turbines. Under Castrol’s PATH360 sustainability strategy, Castrol will increase its Carbon Neutral offer and in 2021 approximately 30% Castrol’s product sales will be carbon neutral; This includes a lead brand in every space across automotive, industrial, marine and energy, as well as all products sold in Australia / New Zealand and Vietnam.
Castrol’s carbon neutral products can now be identified by the PATH360 Carbon Neutral logo.
For a product to be considered carbon neutral, its cradle to grave greenhouse gas emissions must be quantified and neutralized through a combination of emissions reduction activities and carbon offsets. Castrol’s carbon neutral products follow a robust process where external independent third parties are used to measure the cradle-to-grave emissions using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and assure as certified carbon neutral in accordance with the PAS 2060 specification.
The figure below comes from the GHG Protocol’s Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and it demonstrates the key activities that make up a product’s life cycle. To quantify the GHG emissions of the product, primary and secondary data is collected for each activity and used in conjunction with emissions factors (coefficients) to convert activity data into GHG emissions.
In accordance with PAS 2060, Castrol’s carbon neutral declaration for 2021 will be I3P-1, a commitment to certified carbon neutral. Castrol will measure the carbon emissions of the products in scope and offset these emissions using high quality offsetting programmes developed by bp Target Neutral (bpTN). See bp Target Neutral for more details. In parallel, Castrol will be implementing its carbon management plan which includes reduction activities across the entire value chain.
In 2022, Castrol will repeat this process in order to demonstrate an improvement in carbon emissions and an achievement of certified carbon neutral, I3P-3. Because these declarations can change on an annual basis, the disclaimer: *in accordance with PAS 2060, see www.castrol.com/cneutral for more information is used wherever PATH360 carbon neutral is mentioned.
Castrol’s Carbon Neutral offer within the PATH360 strategy includes the products that had maintained certified carbon neutrality from 2014 – 2020. However, during the period of transition between the historical programme and PATH360, some of the carbon neutral certifications have expired. To maintain carbon neutrality continuity while these products are reintroduced in the new programme, Castrol has estimated and offset emissions to cover the transition period.
Castrol’s PATH360 programme will also include making its Scope 1 and 2 emissions carbon neutral in accordance with PAS2060.
Castrol’s Qualifying Explanatory Statements (QES’s) demonstrate how carbon neutral status is achieved. Included in the Castrol Carbon Neutral Products QES is Table 6.1, a list of the offset projects Castrol has invested in for the 2021 application period.