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Offsetting carbon emissions for fuel in Portugal

Release date:
December 2020
Offsetting carbon emissions for fuel in Portugal
Pictured above: Salvador Costa Pereira – director of Cascais Airport, Ricardo Diniz – general aviation director of  West Mediterranean Air bp, Carlos Carreiras – mayor of Cascais.
Since October, in collaboration with Cascais Airport (CAT/LPCS) in Portugal, we have offset carbon emissions for all aviation fuel sold at this key Portuguese general aviation location. 


Air bp is the sole aviation fuel supplier at Cascais Airport which as well as serving the coastal city of Cascais is also a convenient base for those travelling to Lisbon. The airport is believed to be the first in the world where the carbon emissions associated with Jet A-1 and Avgas are offset on an on-going basis. In addition, Cascais is also part of a global network of Air bp operated facilities that have achieved carbon neutrality for our into-plane fuelling services. 


How does carbon offsetting work?


Air bp’s carbon offset programme is supported by bp Target Neutral, which specialises in helping businesses to reduce, replace and neutralise their carbon emissions. The process of offsetting starts with calculating how many tonnes of carbon are emitted through the combustion of aviation fuel. Carbon credits are then purchased for the same amount of emissions, effectively balancing out the carbon emitted. 


The carbon credits are purchased from carbon reduction projects around the world within the bp Target Neutral portfolio. These projects are carefully selected on the basis of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and their potential to support the UN’s sustainable development goals. Each project has to meet a rigorous list of requirements and be independently verified. 


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Carbon emissions are quantified using DEFRA emission factors for avgas and jet fuel on a ‘wells to wake’ basis (which covers the production, refining, distribution and combustion of the fuels).

The calculation multiplies the emission factor by the total gallons for a total CO2e emissions figure. 


For the terms and conditions of the carbon offsetting visit airbp.com/carbonoffsetprogramme 


To learn more about bp and climate change, visit bp.com/climatechange 


To learn more about climate change, visit The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website ipcc.ch