Over the past decade, our not-for-profit carbon offsetting programme, BP Target Neutral, has helped customers offset 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. In 2017 we invested in new projects which have the capacity to offset this amount every year
The programme invests in emissions reductions projects around the world. The independent selection panel considers the project’s carbon abatement attributes, as well as its contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We support efforts as diverse as forest conservation in Zambia, wind farm construction in Turkey and a biomass power generation project in China. All projects meet industry standards approved under the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance code of best practice.
BP uses the carbon credits created by the projects to provide carbon neutral opportunities for our customers. For instance, our range of Castrol Professional lubricants - supplied to vehicle manufacturers for use when servicing cars in dealerships - are certified as CO2 neutral via the programme.
The new projects in India, Peru, China and Mexico are expected to both reduce carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by more than 2.5 million tonnes per year and improve the livelihoods of more than 2 million people though better access to energy, health, education, and employment opportunities.
An independent selection panel considers each project’s carbon abatement attributes, as well as their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All projects meet industry standards approved under the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance code of best practice.
About the new projects
The Bagepalli Coolie Sangha project involves installing 18,000 biogas plants and cooking stoves in low income homes. Over the past six years, this has avoided more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions (tCO2e).
Biogas generated in biodigesters replaces the burning of wood and kerosene in traditional stoves and helps reduce both carbon emissions and indoor air pollution.
The Qori Q'oncha Cookstoves project is helping households to obtain cooking stoves that have an enclosed combustion chamber which burns more efficiently and evacuates smoke from the home through a chimney.
Burning more efficiently and using less firewood, each new stove reduces on average 3.3 tCO2e per year.
By January 2017, more than 100,000 cooking stoves had been fitted in homes in rural communities.
The Sichuan Rural Poor-Household Biogas project also supports the installation of biogas units and smoke-free cooking stoves in low income households. The project aims to provide one million low income households with clean, convenient and free biogas for cooking, heating and lighting.
The programme has the potential to save up to 20 million tCO2e within its 28-year lifetime.
The Distribution on ONIL Cookstoves project is working to provide high-efficiency plancha style stoves to families in rural Mexico. As well as improving indoor air quality, the stoves use less firewood than traditional open fires. Traditional three-stone open fires in Mexico use around 5 tonnes of firewood each year per household and gathering it is time-consuming and heavy work. High-efficiency plancha-style stoves reduce the time needed to collect firewood and help protect biodiversity. The project aims to install 35,000 stoves per year by 2019.
Carbon neutral opportunities for customers
BP uses the carbon credits created by all of its projects to provide carbon neutral opportunities for our customers. For instance, our range of Castrol Professional lubricants - supplied to vehicle manufacturers for use when servicing cars in dealerships - is certified as CO2 neutral via the programme.
- View BP’s Target Neutral project portfolio