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Two decades of taking action

BP is looking to a low carbon future, building on activity over many years – from championing emissions trading schemes to launching our alternative energy business

Our actions – from 1997 to 2018



  • BP’s chief executive, Lord Browne, calls for precautionary action to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.



1998 – history graphic
  • BP sets target to cut emissions from our operations to 10% below 1990 levels by 2010. We met this target in 2001.
  • BP pilots an internal emissions trading scheme, helping to demonstrate the viability of emissions trading for the industry.




1999 – history graphic
  • BP is a founding member of the International Emissions Trading Association.





  • BP initiates the CO2 Capture Project with other companies and governments to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
2000 – history graphic
  • BP partners with Princeton University on the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, set up to find solutions to the carbon and climate problem.




  • BP begins tracking sustainable GHG reduction activities from our operations.




  • Tsinghua-BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center launches in China.




  • BP and partners launch a CCS project at the In Salah gas field in Algeria.


2005 – history graphic
  • BP launches Alternative Energy business.




2006 – history graphic
  • BP launches Target Neutral, our carbon offsetting programme for customers.




  • BP commissions its first wind farm.




  • BP and DuPont form joint venture Butamax to develop bio-isobutanol, an advanced biofuel.
2009 – history graphic
  • BP begins using a carbon price in investment decisions.




  • BP becomes the largest operator of Brazil biofuels among our oil and gas peers.



2014 – history graphic
  • BP starts participating in the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative.


  • BP signs up to the World Bank Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.
2015 – history graphic
  • BP joins the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Oil and Gas Methane Partnership.
  • BP starts up Zhuhai 3 petrochemical plant, delivering 65% lower GHG emissions than comparable plants.




  • BP is the world’s first supplier of commercial jet biofuel using existing infrastructure at Norway’s Oslo airport.



  • BP signs up to the Methane Guiding Principles, with seven peer companies.
2017 – history graphic
  • BP partners with Lightsource to develop and manage large-scale solar projects.
  • BP becomes a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council, a US group pushing for carbon pricing.
  • BP, via its Butamax joint venture, acquires an ethanol plant in Kansas in the US to commercialize bio-isobutanol.



2018 – history graphic
  • BP introduces Advancing Low Carbon accreditation programme.
  • BP sets targets for sustainable GHG reductions and methane intensity.