The actions you can take

We can all try to reduce our carbon impact.



We can all try to reduce our carbon impact, both businesses and individuals. As well as being good for the environment, this often leads to cost reductions too. Starting by measuring their carbon footprint, businesses can then look at how it can be reduced. This can be achieved by better energy and fleet management, or longer term projects such as supply chain carbon efficiency.

For individuals, carbon reduction is achievable in many areas. Whether it’s driving better, and emitting less, or thinking about how to reduce the distance driven by car.

According to studies, better driving habits can result in up to 15% improvement in miles per gallon (mpg)1. And we know that the same better driving habits lead to a reduction in carbon emissions.

  • Keep your tyres properly inflated
  • Remove unnecessary weight, such as golf bags or strollers
  • Anticipate breaking
  • Maintain a steady speed
  • Only use air conditioning when driving over 40mph



Today’s technologies and systems offer many options to choose carbon efficient solution instead of carbon intensive ones. As a business this might involve an initial capital investment, for example to replace an existing fleet with lower carbon vehicles.

Being carbon conscious in choosing materials and components really can have an impact beyond your own business. Encouraging suppliers to provide carbon efficient options can have a positive impact all the way along the supply chain.

Here are some replacement ideas for motorists which help reduce carbon emissions:


The engine is the heart of your car so you want it to go on working as good as new. With incredible built-in engine cleaning ability and formulated to protect your engine for the longer term, BP Ultimate fuels help keep engines fitter and healthier than ever before.

BP Ultimate Unleaded with ACTIVE technology starts fighting the effects of dirt the moment you start your car. What’s more, BP Ultimate Unleaded with ACTIVE technology could give you up to 21 more miles per tank.*

Use BP Ultimate Unleaded every time you fill up to help your car stay healthy and performing at its best. With ongoing use BP Ultimate Unleaded with ACTIVE technology helps:

  • Clean and maintain your engine
  • Keep your engine performing at its best
  • Reduce the risk of unplanned maintenance
  • Delivers a smooth drive
  • And could give you up to 21 more miles per tank*

*Benefits achieved over time and may vary due to factors including vehicle type, condition and driving style. More miles claim based on engines tested in dirty vs. clean condition; in dirty condition expected miles per tank 391; for Ultimate Unleaded vs. RON95.

Biofuels are likely to play an increasing part in future fuels and already much of UK’s diesel is up to seven per cent biodiesel.


The oil you use in your car can have a direct influence on efficiency. Low viscosity oils deliver higher fuel efficiency. For example, using Castrol Magnatec 5W-30 A5 will enable you to use less fuel compared to other oils, allowing you to drive up to 370 miles a year further1. Using high quality oils will also help to keep your engine in peak condition throughout the year, supporting efficiency.


One of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers estimates that tyres are responsible for around 20 per cent of a car’s fuel consumption2. On each revolution, the tyre changes shape to follow the surface of the road, and that demands extra power from the engine. Energy saving tyres are available from most of the major manufacturers and they can have a big impact on carbon emissions.

  1. NOTE: 5W-30 oil is only suitable for cars that can use an ACEA A1/B1 or A5/B5 fuel efficient product. Please consult the vehicle handbook to confirm the oils suitability.


neutralise-full-widthOnce your carbon footprint has been reduced as much as possible, there is something you can do to neutralize the unavoidable carbon emitted.

The process of reducing your carbon internally, and then supporting carbon mitigation projects externally is called offsetting.

The remaining emissions can be offset by investing in carbon reduction projects elsewhere in the world, and with BP Target Neutral the process is easy. It’s also great value, because BP Target Neutral is not managed for profit**. The ICROA Code-compliant credits offered by BP Target Neutral not only help the environment by supporting fossil-fuel alternative technologies, they also seek to improve livelihoods around the world.

Fuel-switching, micro-hydro, methane capture and wind energy are all projects which BP Target Neutral has been proud to support. Our global portfolio of projects ensures that when you offset with us, your money goes directly to these types of projects, and the local communities where they are based.

How to offset with BP Target Neutral

Go to the travel carbon calculator. Here we’ll help you work out quickly the total emissions associated with your travel. You can then offset that amount of carbon with a payment which supports BP Target Neutral low carbon development projects.

You don’t have to limit yourself to offsetting emissions from your driving. The calculator will also help you work out emissions from other transport activity, and you can choose to offset these too. Indeed you can choose to offset as much as you like from your total carbon footprint.

What are your charges?

BP Target Neutral is not run for profit**. BP funds all of BP Target Neutral’s running costs. This means all of your money, excluding card transaction charges and VAT, funds the purchase of carbon credits from the selected projects.

For 2018: the cost of offset is: £2.91 / €3.30 / $4.04 per tonne.

Card transaction fees are shown at the point of purchase*. VAT is payable on the transaction fee only.

*Our payment services are run by WorldPay and transactions are carried out on WorldPay terms and conditions.
** BP Target Neutral does not seek to make a profit from the purchase and sale of carbon credits.
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