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How the Advancing Low Carbon programme works

Activities from all aspects of bp’s businesses are eligible for inclusion in the ALC programme. They must meet the ALC criteria and requirements

Advancing Low Carbon accreditation process

Each activity must submit an application which is reviewed by the ALC team, internal GHG experts and external advisory panel members. Additionally, Deloitte LLP conducts independent assurance on the Advancing Low Carbon activities. Successful activities are accredited and become part of the ALC programme. Once awarded, the accreditation is valid for 12 months and the activity can use the Advancing Low Carbon mark. This mark is used to identify activities that bp has accredited and can then be used in associated communications and branding, where appropriate.

Advancing Low Carbon programme criteria

To qualify for ALC accreditation, an activity must meet the specific criteria. 


Each activity must:


1   Deliver better carbon outcomes, by achieving at least one of the following:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • producing less carbon than competitor or industry benchmarks.
  • providing renewable energy.
  • offsetting carbon produced.
  • furthering research and technology to advance low carbon.
  • enabling bp or third parties to meet their low carbon objectives.


2   Comply with ALC programme requirements on greenhouse gas calculation methodologies.


3   Deliver better carbon outcomes that are intended to be irreversible.


4   Go beyond what is required to meet relevant regulations.


5   Be up and running.


6   Be delivered either directly by bp or by a bp partner.


7   Be verified by an independent third party assurance provider.

To retain its accreditation, each activity must undergo an annual review process to prove it continues to meet our ALC programme criteria. More information on the programme is in the programme description


The breadth of the ALC programme means that different baselines, benchmarks and calculation methodologies apply depending on the activity. These are outlined in the programme activity table.

Third party assurance

The programme’s independent third party assurance partner is Deloitte LLP. Deloitte conducts independent assurance on the Advancing Low Carbon activities on an annual basis, including assessing the application of bp’s process and criteria for accrediting activities, and GHG emissions offset and saved within the programme. Deloitte LLP also reviews any updates to the programme each year, as well as the communication of all the ALC activities and ALC accreditation programme via the ALC programme webpages and bp’s Annual Report and Sustainability Report to assess that this reflects the evidence they have been provided.


For further information on the external assurance of this programme, please refer to the Deloitte Assurance Statement.