Pennzoil has announced it offers motorists carbon neutral lubricants for passenger cars in North America. Select products within the Pennzoil Platinum line of full synthetic motor oils are carbon neutral as a step toward Shell’s target to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and with customers.

In recent years regulators have proposed substantially higher fuel economy standards, while vehicle manufacturers have focused on increasing fuel economy range. Engines are now designed to run on thinner motor oils compared to older engines which typically run on 5W-20, 5W-30 or even 10W-30. Pennzoil has worked hand-in-hand with vehicle manufacturers to develop modern day motor oils which focus on zero-weight (0W) grades, otherwise known as low viscosity oils. Low viscosity motor oils within the Pennzoil Platinum line of full synthetic motor oils are engineered to achieve better fuel economy1.

Pennzoil is one of the many brands within the Shell global portfolio of lubricants that is committed to providing motorists with carbon neutral alternatives2. Globally, Shell aims to avoid, reduce and then offset the annual emissions of more than 52 million gallons of advanced synthetic lubricants, expecting to compensate around 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking approximately 340,000 cars off the road for one year3.

Many motorists are conscious of contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle and are looking for ways to reduce their net carbon footprint. As one of the brands from the world’s leading lubricants supplier, Pennzoil is proud to be a part of the largest carbon neutral program in the lubricants industry; one that compensates for the full lifecycle emissions of its Carbon Neutral products.

Avoid

AVOID

Embedding circular economy thinking is at the heart of our business, along with designing products with reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) and less packaging.

Reduce

REDUCE

Improving the energy efficiency of our facilities, increasing our use of renewable energy and reducing the CO2e emissions of our supply chain.

Offset

OFFSET

Compensate for CO2e emissions for the life cycle of our products, using globally diverse, externally verified, and high-quality, nature-based carbon credits.

While measures to avoid and reduce emissions offer the best way to tackle emissions in the long term, carbon offsetting programs provide an immediate solution to balance CO2e emissions. Shell’s global portfolio of nature-based carbon credits3 will compensate CO2e emissions from the entire lifecycle of the following products, including the raw materials, packaging, production, distribution, customer use and product end of life.

1 Compared to conventional motor oils.

2 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 raw materials, lubricant 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 Actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions. Full disclaimer is available here.