What’s carbon neutral oil?

What’s carbon neutral oil?

Earlier in May, motor oil producer Castrol launched the Castrol Vecton range – the first range of certified carbon neutral oil products in Australia – aimed squarely at the heavy vehicle industry.

How does motor oil become carbon neutral?

For a product to become carbon neutral, it needs to offset exactly the same amount of carbon as the CO2 gas emissions it releases into the atmosphere - . The way companies can do this is to purchase carbon credits – also called carbon offset credits. The practice is becoming more and more popular with industries that produce a lot of carbon dioxide, such as traditional energy producers (coal-fired power plants) and mass transport industries, such as shipping and airline companies as well as road transporters using heavy vehicles.

Quick guide to carbon offsetting

To offset the amount of CO2 that is produced across the entire lifecycle of the new carbon neutral oil, Castrol has committed to a certification process that includes supporting projects that don’t release CO2 at all as well as purchasing carbon offset credits from projects that absorb CO2 from the air, such as tree planting. To demonstrate genuine environmental integrity, the offset methods need to meet the National Carbon Offset Standard comes into play. The standard:

  • sets minimum requirements for calculating, auditing and offsetting the carbon account of an organisation, product, service or event to voluntarily achieve carbon neutrality; and
  • provides guidance on what is a genuine offset unit.

For the new carbon neutral oil, Castrol purchases its carbon offset credits from the Redd Forest Grouped Project in Tasmania, which protects sections of Tasmanian native forest from logging activities and forms part of the Australian government’s Emissions Reductions Framework (ERF) as well as involving an agreement with local farmers to leave parcels of land unharvested for 35 years.

There are many practices businesses can implement to minimise their impact on the environment and using carbon neutral fuel is one of them. Another is ensuring maximum fuel efficiency, through the use of the most efficient vehicles and maintaining them, a practice that is part of the daily operations at National Heavy Haulage.

Our fleet is one of the newest on the road, using Australian-made Kenworth Prime Movers, including the C509 and K200 – both renowned for their tough yet fuel-efficient engines.

Operating throughout Australia, National Heavy Haulage is the preferred supplier to the country’s leading mining and civil construction companies due to our flexible, safe and cost-effective heavy vehicle transport. Contact us today to provide a quote for your next heavy vehicle transport challenge.

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