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Low carbon maintenance solutions: Advancing performance & sustainability goals

07 May 2021

TO MEET 2050 net-zero carbon goals, the UK government recently announced that industrial emissions will need to reduce by two-thirds by 2035 (1). At the same time, the UK remains a significant manufacturer, with a continuing drive to increase productivity. Companies are seeking positive ways to meet both their sustainability and commercial targets now and in the future.

One immediate step is to adopt carbon neutral lubricants and fuels.  Shell Lubricant Solutions has launched a range of carbon neutral lubricants(2) to support the manufacturing sector(3). As the largest carbon neutral programme in the industry to date, it will help reduce emissions by:

  • Compensating for over 60 million litres of advanced synthetic lubricants, and 280,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)(4) emissions per year in Europe(5)(6)
  • Offsetting the emissions created in the entire lifecycle of these products, with its portfolio of nature-based carbon credits
  • Providing customers with high-quality products designed to improve efficiency and reduce resource consumption while offering robust protection. Low-viscosity lubricants can help to increase energy efficiency in industrial applications by up to 4%(7).

Beyond consumables

Other ways manufacturers can drive more sustainable, efficient operations include:

  • Technology & Digitisation: leveraging smart monitoring services, like Shell Remote Sense and Oil Analysis, to reduce idle time, optimise productivity and extend the lifecycle and performance of machinery
  • Waste Reduction & Management: consider the environmental impact of products throughout their lifecycle. This includes in sourcing and production, in supply and distribution, packaging and following industry oil-waste disposal procedures, to prevent contamination
  • Future Thinking: enlist expert support to identify opportunities for sustainable practices, like circular-economy thinking, recycling products and renewable energy, to drive more efficient and profitable operations.

For further information visit: www.shell.co.uk


(1) Gov.UK, Industrial decarbonisation strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-decarbonisation-strategy/industrial-decarbonisation-strategy-accessible-webpage)

(2) Legal Disclaimers: The term “Carbon Neutral”, indicates that Shell has engaged in a transaction where an amount of carbon dioxide equivalent associated with the acquisition and pre-processing of raw materials, lubricants production, packaging, distribution, and the subsequent use and end of life treatment of the used materials in relation to the Shell Lubricants products, has been removed from the atmosphere through a nature based process, or emissions saved through avoided degradation of natural ecosystems.

(3) This includes selected products across Shell Naturelle, Shell Omala, Shell Tellus and Shell Morlina portfolios.

(4) CO2e (CO2 equivalent) refers to CO2, CH4, N2O.

(5) Actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions. Read the full disclaimer here.

(6) The CO2e lifecycle emissions of this product have been offset with verified Nature-Based Carbon Credits.

(7) Shell Tellus S4 VE can help save up to 4.4% of the energy per hour in a plastic injection moulding machine (Shell and third-party field trial).