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Shell Addresses Carbon Emissions Across Product Line

In alignment with their target to become a net zero-emissions energy business by 2050, Shell has introduced a new lifecycle sustainability approach for its AeroShell aviation lubricants to avoid, reduce, and then compensate for lifecycle carbon emissions. Shell sustainability is pioneering as an aviation lubricants supplier, by implementing such an approach.

This lifecycle sustainability approach is standard across the full AeroShell range, offsetting unmitigated carbon emissions with purchased credits, each equivalent to 1 tonne of CO2.

As part of their energy transition, AeroShell commits to reducing overall Shell carbon emissions through optimised production, circular packaging, and energy-efficient facilities, while purchasing carbon credits for unavoidable emissions. This sustainability approach will be standard across its product range, including engine oils, greases, and fluids. Shell aims to produce sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 and invests in Alcohol to Jet technology.

Vincent Begon, General Manager of Aviation Lubricants, Shell Aviation, has said “While SAF and fuel efficiency are rightly highlighted as key levers to decarbonise aviation, for the aviation sector to reach net zero it must address emissions from all aspects of aircraft operations in order to decarbonise – so this means lubricants too, even if they do represent a small proportion of aviation emissions when compared to jet fuel. It is a real point of pride that AeroShell will now support our customers in maintaining aircraft performance while taking action on decarbonisation.”

“The fundamentals of lubricants mean that they are challenging to decarbonise, so a lot of effort has gone into developing this new proposition, including working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and other key players across the lubricants industry. This is an important development for our aviation lubricants business, and one that we are confident will provide genuine value for our customers as we support them in decarbonising.”

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The measures implemented across Shell’s entire global lubricants business to avoid and reduce carbon emissions include:
Increasing the use of re-refined base oils.
Using more recycled content in product plastic packaging, in support of Shell’s ambition of reaching 30% PCR use by 2030.
Removing over 55 kTonnes CO2e of Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions from global lubricants operations, reducing their production step carbon intensity by more than 45% since 2016.
Over 50% of the electricity imported to Shell Global Lube Oil Blending Plants (LOBPs) now comes directly from renewable sources by installing solar PV panels and green power contracts, or indirectly using renewable energy credits (RECs).
Installing solar PV panels at 11 of Shell’s lubricant blending plants, expecting to generate over 11,000 MWh of electricity annually, and can avoid GHG emissions of over 6,000 tonnes CO2e per year.
Optimising delivery networks to reduce road transport by 1.3 million miles since 2021.
This upgrade to the AeroShell offering marks the latest step in Shell Aviation’s efforts to decarbonise in alignment with Shell’s net zero-emissions target, including increasing low and no-carbon offerings to customers.

Shell, a member of global sustainability councils, invests in nature and technology projects for carbon credits. They allocated $69M to nature-based and $23M to tech projects in 2022. They acquired a stake in Carbonext, focusing on Amazon forest protection, and support a Philippine forest restoration project.