UK’s First Total Carbon Offset Red Diesel Launched
The leading independent national fuel distributor, Crown Oil UK, has launched a fuel with 100 percent carbon offset. Available to construction, utility, plant and rail industries, the standard red-diesel has been totally carbon offset in an arrangement with a major offset provider.
Crown Oil UK managing director, Matthew Greensmith, explained, “Nine months ago, we decided to carbon-offset the transportation of our commercial diesel. This proved extremely popular, especially with clients in construction, where the pressure to reduce the carbon impact of their operations is intense. The new ‘green’ diesel takes this a step further so that those companies engaged in carbon accounting can use Crown Oil UK’s diesel to contribute to their carbon reduction commitment.”
The carbon credits purchased by Crown Oil UK on behalf of its customers will go into worldwide carbon reduction projects. These may include green energy production by the combustion of the landfill gas – one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. Reforestation projects to lock-up carbon also qualify – these often have additional environmental benefits for wildlife, recreation and reduction in flash flooding. These high quality carbon credits are retired from the market, reducing the world capacity to produce carbon dioxide.
Over and above this, Crown Oil UK is actively taking further steps to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes upgrading the tanker fleet to more efficient vehicles and taking active energy saving steps in the workplace with low energy bulbs, better controls and a comprehensive recycling programme for waste material.
Crown Oil UK provide a nationwide service to the construction industry, working with major contractors to provide fuel and secure storage to plant depots and construction sites.
Mark Andrews, Group General Manager, Crown Oil UK
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Notes – Carbon Offsetting Explained
The aim of carbon offsetting is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon offsets are measured in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. One carbon offset equals one metric tonne. Industries that are heavy producers of green house gasses have consents, known as carbon credits that set a limit on their capacity to produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. If they need to go beyond this cap then they must offset their carbon production by buying carbon offsets.
New carbon offsets are created by projects such as forestry or wind farms that either absorb carbon or produce carbon-free energy. Offsetting can therefore be achieved by either supporting ‘green’ initiatives or by the purchase and retirement of carbon credits so that there is less capacity available to produce greenhouse gas.