BP Target Neutral (BPTN) has worked with more than 40 retail sites in the first phase of this initiative as BP grows its presence and brand by offering its customers a range of carbon neutral products and services.
By visiting a carbon neutral outlet, customers can make a lower carbon choice, support emissions reduction and help improve the health and livelihoods of neighbouring communities.
BP is working with service stations operators and owners to carefully measure and then reduce carbon emissions related to their operations – largely by using energy efficient technologies and best practices.
Any remaining emissions are then offset through the purchase of carbon credits via BP Target Neutral.
Note: All project info below provided by suppliers (May 2019).
In Indonesia, BP is working with joint-venture partner AKR to combine BP’s global retail experience with AKR’s extensive distribution channels to open new stations initially in Jakarta and Surabaya.
The stations will offset carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits from the ‘Biogas for the Home’ (Biru Project). The project installs biodigesters that convert animal dung into biogas that can be used for household cooking as well as lighting, in rural areas.
This not only reduces carbon emissions by replacing firewood, kerosene and LPG for cooking – it improves indoor air pollution and respiratory health and saves time and money. As a result, more than 100,000 people across ten rural provinces of Indonesia, are benefitting from cooking, heating and generating light using low carbon biogas.
Which means some 20,000 tonnes of carbon emissions are avoided each year by the project.
And the benefits don’t stop there.
Low income families also save money by not purchasing solid fuels – and the biodigester leaves behind a bio-slurry – an excellent organic fertiliser to improve the harvest and save money by reducing the need to purchase chemical fertilizer for the fields.
In China, new carbon neutral retail outlets are being launched in Shandong province and then the provinces of Henan and Hebei. The outlets will offset carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits from the Sichuan Household Biogas Project.
This project has already helped to equip nearly 400,000 low income households with biodigesters and efficient cook stoves fuelled by biogas from dung in place of wood and coal.
And it has resulted in the creation of more than 10,000 jobs in the provision, installation and maintenance of the new biogas facilities.
As well as improving the lives of around 1.2 million people in rural areas, the project has reduced carbon emissions by more than 800,000 tonnes of CO2e (equivalent) per year.
In Mexico, new carbon neutral retail outlets are being launched – initially in the capital, Mexico City.
Each station will offset carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits from the ONIL Cookstove Project which has equipped 25,000 rural homes in Mexico with cookstoves that burn much more efficiently and use up to 58% less firewood than a traditional open fire.
That means a reduction in carbon emissions of 40,000 tCO2e per year. And because traditional fires are inefficient, the high demand for fuel to supply them consumes 15 to 20 per cent of household income as well as contributing to deforestation.
Best of all, the ONIL cookstove uses chimney flues to vent smoke from cooking to outside of the home reducing the impact on health from respiratory problems.
This all means that drivers visiting one of the new fuel station facilities will have the benefit of knowing they are not only supporting carbon reduction but also efforts that can make a real difference to the health and income of local people.