It’s not often you find yourself looking at a picture of concrete block. But, this is no ordinary block. This carbon-guzzling brick is made by a company called Solidia Technologies® that has cleverly worked out how to radically cut the carbon footprint of concrete production by up to 70% compared to the traditional Ordinary Portland Cement method.
Solidia has found that by altering the chemistry, they can create cement using technology that radically reduces CO2 emissions during production, as well as locking away carbon dioxide when it hardens (is cured). You could say it eats carbon. The process also dramatically reduces water consumption.
This technology promises to be a blockbuster. Concrete is the second most-used substance on our planet after water and one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases – some 5-7% of total global CO2 emissions today. That’s due partly to the sheer scale of cement manufacture, but some comes from the process itself.
At BP, we think Solidia has found a pretty neat solution, so we’re investing in the company to help them build their business.
We can’t promise this concrete block will ever get one million Instagram followers, but it might just one day transform the way we look at our homes, schools, hospitals and offices.
Plant-based oils are really motoring. Flax seed, grapeseed, avocado and olive. Oils like these have taken over our kitchens and now they’re creeping into our car engines, too.
Castrol EDGE BIO-SYNTHETIC engine oil is 25% plant-based, although you’re unlikely to find this oil in your home.
It comes from sustainably-sourced sugarcane (like that grown at BP’s biofuels operations in Brazil).
And it is the perfect ingredient for an engine oil because it delivers the same high performance as its non-bio equivalents. If that wasn’t enough, we have committed to reducing emissions associated with its production, packaging and distribution, with all remaining emissions offset through our BP Target Neutral programme.
We think it’s the perfect partner to the smaller, more efficient car engines of today that aim for better fuel economy with reduced emissions.
For nearly 120 years, Castrol has been at the forefront of pioneering technologies that benefit its customers globally. We think this idea could grow and grow. We see possibilities everywhere.
How to bring greenhouse gas emissions down fast is a big question; fortunately, there is a fuel that can be a big part of the answer.
Using gas to provide electricity instead of coal can cut carbon emissions in half. It’s also a perfect partner to renewable power.
Gas can make a major difference.
When used to generate the power we need to warm our homes and charge our phones, it is 50% lower carbon than coal.
And, it’s a smart partner to renewables, providing a cost-effective back-up when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine.
It is also an abundant, affordable lower carbon energy source that can help to provide energy to fuel growth and improve lives – but with fewer emissions.
But, natural gas has to be produced in the right way. That’s because its main component is methane – a potent greenhouse gas in its own right. So, if we want to get all the benefits from natural gas, we need to make sure we help to reduce the methane entering our atmosphere across the gas value chain.
BP was one of the first companies to join the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a voluntary industry initiative between 13 of the world’s biggest energy companies.
By putting our heads together, we’re finding new ways forward.
At BP, we are targeting a methane intensity of 0.2%, and holding it below 0.3%. This includes the methane emissions from our operations where gas goes to market as a percentage of that gas.
We use technology such as infrared cameras to identify and help prevent small seeps from becoming more hazardous leaks.
We’re designing our new gas projects in ways that should reduce methane emissions from the outset.
We’re supporting Princeton University’s work to enhance the scientific understanding of methane and its contribution to global warming.
At BP, we see possibilities everywhere to make all forms of energy cleaner and better.
What sort of world would we wake up to tomorrow if oil disappeared overnight?
It not only helps us to get from A to B, by car, boat and plane but also, it heats our homes – or cools them, depending on where you live. And, it makes millions of everyday items possible, from the plastic case that surrounds the clever tech in your smartphone to the clingy film that keeps your food fresh. If you sleep sounder with polyester filling in your pillow rather than feathers, then oil has made an impression on your day even before you open your eyes in the morning.
And, because the world is demanding more, not less, oil in all its forms, BP engineers and technicians are hard at work to produce our oil in ways that are cleaner and better than ever before.
We’re so determined to do that, we’ve set a target of zero net growth in greenhouse gas emissions from our operations out to 2025. So, even as the world looks to us to deliver more energy to meet rising global demand, we’ve said our net carbon footprint will stay the same as it was in 2015.
How is that possible? Well, by taking action in lots of different ways that all add up, such as reducing the flaring of gas from our oil and gas terminals around the world, or switching to emissions-friendly robot submarines to carry out underwater cleaning operations and safety inspections.
And, if our reductions in operational emissions on their own aren’t enough, we’ll also be investing in offsetting activities, such as forest protection, that absorb carbon dioxide.
Oil looks set to continue to play a role in our busy lives for a while longer. That’s why we are looking at possibilities everywhere to allow the world’s most versatile fuel to help keep the world advancing.
At BP, we’re committed to providing the energy that fuels growth and improves lives but in new ways, with fewer emissions
How BP is reducing, improving and creating in a bid to help solve the dual challenge
Investment rather than divestment will help meet dual challenge, says BP’s Bob Dudley