Helping our customers reduce emissions

We are working to reduce the carbon footprint of many of our fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals products.


Around 80-90% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from oil and gas products are from their use by consumers in transportation, power plants, industries and buildings. BP provides an increasing number of lower carbon, energy efficient and high-performance products to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint.

Road transport

BP develops Castrol lubricants with lower viscosity, which helps manufacturers improve the efficiency of their vehicles. We estimate that – when compared with our 2004 Castrol formulation – our more recent lubricants have helped avoid more than five million tonnes of CO2 over the past 10 years. That’s the equivalent of removing almost a quarter of a million European cars from the road each year.

In India, we provide customers with a diesel lubricant that uses re-refined engine oil as its base, thus reducing carbon emissions in the production and use of the lubricant. We have also developed lubricants formulated with 25% renewable plant-based oil.

We also work in partnership with vehicle and equipment manufacturers to achieve more efficient use of our fuels and engine oils. In Europe, for example, Ford’s EcoBoost engines – used in the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and other models – are engineered with specially formulated advanced Castrol oils, which help to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

BP’s new range of fuels with ACTIVE technology use an innovative formula designed to help keep engines running smoothly and efficiently by fighting dirt in the car’s engine and protecting against its build up.

Air transport

BP supplies fuel for more than 6,000 flights a day. We are helping our aviation customers to reduce their emissions in a number of ways. At Norway’s Oslo airport we helped to make jet biofuel available using existing fuelling infrastructure. In 2016, we achieved carbon neutrality for our into-plane fuelling services across a network of more than 200 Air BP-operated facilities.

The airline industry has set itself rigorous targets to reduce emissions over the next 30 years. The growth in our biojet business is part of our commitment to helping our customers meet those goals.

Tufan Erginbilic, chief executive, Downstream, BP

In addition, BP is partnering with Fulcrum BioEnergy – a company that produces sustainable jet fuel from household waste. We are investing $30 million in Fulcrum and are planning to supply the fuel to some of our aviation customers in North America.

Plastics for everyday items

BP is one of the world’s largest producers of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and its feedstock paraxylene. These are used to make everyday items, such as clothes, soft drinks bottles and other packaging.

Using proprietary technology retrofitted at our site in Belgium, BP has developed PTAir: PTA with around a 30% lower carbon footprint than average European PTA production. Customers also have the option to upgrade to carbon neutral PTA and offset their product’s entire carbon footprint, using BP Target Neutral.