Castrol®, a bp brand, blends and markets Castrol lubricant products made from hydrocarbons. The global scientific community has reached consensus that emission of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and other gases from the use of hydrocarbons, including the combustion of fossil fuels, is a contributor to global warming causing what is commonly referred to as climate change. Castrol acknowledges this scientific consensus but also recognizes the role that lubricants play in supporting efficient motion to meet everyday energy needs.
Castrol is offering carbon neutral product offsets in accordance with PAS2060. When you use a carbon neutral lubricant in your vehicle or machine, some CO₂ will be emitted into the atmosphere through its lifecycle – either as losses in use or if combusted at end of life.
A carbon offset is an action or activity (such as the planting of trees or carbon sequestration) that compensates for the emission of CO₂ or other gases to the atmosphere. Put another way, carbon offsetting is a way for compensating for emissions by making an equivalent CO₂ saving elsewhere. The carbon offset program Castrol uses supports a range of projects since 2014, including a cookstove installation project in Mexico and a forest protection and planting project in Zambia. These projects not only reduce carbon emissions but also provide livelihood benefits in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Please note that a carbon offsetting program will not change or reduce the CO₂ emissions from any combustion of Castrol product nor is it certain that carbon offsetting has a quantifiable effect on the planet.
To learn more about climate change, see: https://www.ipcc.ch/
To learn more about bp and climate change, see: https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/energy-outlook.html