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Shell launches carbon-neutral lubricants

Energy and lubricant giant Royal Dutch Shell has introduced a new portfolio of carbon-neutral lubricant products to help firms meet their own sustainability targets.

The new range is expected to compensate for a total of 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions each year, which roughly equates to taking over 300,000 cars off the road. Shell intends to use its global portfolio of nature-based projects to offset the carbon emissions for about 200 million litres of lubricant over the entire lifecycle, from the production of raw materials right through to end-of-life disposal.

The advanced synthetic lubricants in the new portfolio include the Helix Ultra 0W passenger car engine oil, Rimula R6 and Ultra commercial vehicle oil, along with a number of other premium offerings for industrial applications, such as the Shell Naturelle biodegradable range, which is ideally suited for use in environmentally sensitive settings. The wind power sector will also be supported, with common lubricants like gear oil and grease being included.

Shell Vice President Carlos Maurer said about the portfolio launch:

“Shell has set a target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society and our customers. 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.”

Maurer also expressed his pleasure at announcing the lubricant industry’s biggest carbon-neutral initiative, which will enable businesses and consumers to benefit from enhanced fuel efficiency and superior engine performance without contributing to net carbon emissions.

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