Drive Carbon Neutral With Shell Go+
Do you ever wonder how you can reduce your carbon footprint? You’re not alone. 71% of people in the UK are concerned about their carbon footprint and want to take action.
There are ways in which we can help reduce the amount of carbon emissions we generate – by consuming fewer products or choosing products which have a lower carbon impact, for example.
When it comes to driving you also have choices. You could choose to walk, or drive a lower emission vehicle such as a hydrogen or electric vehicle. And at Shell, we are growing our network of electric vehicle charging points across the United Kingdom with an aim to install 200 charge posts at our service stations by the end of 2020.
But most drivers cannot just switch to electric vehicles overnight. So, in the meantime, Shell is offering these drivers the opportunity to lower their carbon footprint and drive carbon neutral. With Shell Go+ any fuel purchase made will automatically be offset by Shell on behalf of the customer. Offer excludes fuel card transactions. Shell fuel card customers interested in offsetting the emissions of their fleet can visit: https://www.shell.co.uk/fuelcardco2
So what does this mean? Well, when you drive an internal combustion engine car, your vehicle produces carbon emissions. For Shell Go+ customers, Shell will buy a carbon credit to offset, or compensate, for these emissions. One credit represents the avoidance or removal of 1 tonne of carbon from the atmosphere and these credits are sold to Shell by carefully chosen nature-based projects – such as forest developments or grassland preservation projects – that capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
And it doesn’t cost you anything extra, all you have to do is scan your Shell Go+ card when you purchase your fuel. We will calculate the well to wheel emission rates from your fuel purchases and buy and retire appropriate amount of carbon credits. This means the full lifecycle of carbon emissions ie. emissions from the production and distribution of the fuel as well as those that come from the combustion of the fuel in the engine are all offset.
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What are carbon emissions?
Carbon emissions are produced when we make and use products in our day to day lives. The same applies for the fuel you use to drive. Carbon emissions are generated when we produce the fuel, when we distribute it to your local service station and when you drive.
As more carbon emissions build up in our atmosphere, this causes more heat from the sun to be trapped, which heats up our planet – this is known as global warming.
There are ways in which we can help reduce the amount of carbon emissions we generate by consuming fewer products or choosing products which have a lower carbon impact.
How are carbon emissions calculated?
Different fuels emit different volumes of carbon emissions during the production of the fuel, the distribution of it to your local forecourt and through driving. At Shell we use government emissions factors, unique to your fuel type to calculate the amount of carbon emissions that need to be offset, relevant to the volume of fuel you’ve purchased.
What is carbon offsetting?
It’s all a balancing act, compensating for carbon emissions that are produced elsewhere.
To enable our customers to drive carbon neutral, we buy carbon credits from carbon offset schemes that invest in the protection and replanting of forests around the world in order to balance out the carbon emissions from the production, distribution and use of fuel.
As forests, grasslands and wetlands store carbon from the atmosphere, protecting and replanting these environments means we can offset the carbon emissions from your fuel purchases.
Why is Shell investing in nature?
The science is clear: working with nature is an essential element of the climate challenge we collectively face. Scientists estimate that nature based solutions such as reforestation could provide more than one-third of greenhouse gas emission reductions needed between now and 2030 to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. Shell is using these nature-based offsetting projects as one of the many ways we are reducing the overall carbon impact from the products we sell. For more information on Shell’s approach to nature-based solutions please click here.
Shell has a portfolio of projects around the world it supports which help to protect and restore natural ecosystems like forests and rainforests. One conservation project is The Cordillera Azul National Park project, between the Andes and the Amazon basin in Peru, which includes 3.7 million hectares of forest, much of which is under threat. Another is Katingan Mentaya project in Indonesia, which not only reduces carbon emissions but protects and conserves biodiversity and enables the sustainable development of local communities.
As well as buying carbon offsets from projects around the globe, Shell has sourced some carbon credits from within the UK, including the Overkirkhope Project in the Scottish borders and the Longwood Project in Cumbria, both woodland creation projects verified to the UK Woodland Carbon Code. Shell will also be providing support to Forestry and Land Scotland. Shell is working with Forestry and Land Scotland to establish trees and this work will ultimately generate carbon credits.
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