The first fuel supply company to be carbon neutral

As a Group, we are committed to reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030, fulfilling our share of the responsibility to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C. This is a responsibility that we take seriously as a company, a partner, a supplier and as individuals.

Due to the nature of our business, we are aware of the impact our operations have on the environment. We’re passionate about finding ways to reduce that impact at every level of our organisation, to protect our future generations, reduce waste and make a lasting positive contribution to the natural environment.

We’re proud to be the UK’s leading importer and distributor of HVO fuel. We can leverage our influential role within the industry to urge our customers to adopt cleaner fuels, which in turn will help to foster healthier and more sustainable communities.  

We encourage best practice and demonstrate this commitment through our own choices, most notably by switching our entire delivery fleet to HVO to help showcase the fuel’s benefits.

The Crown Group is the first UK fuel company to be certified carbon neutral

Becoming carbon neutral requires a business to balance its carbon emissions with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset. Alternatively, it can purchase enough carbon credits to make up the difference between its emissions and a zero-carbon baseline.

We are certified carbon neutral by switching our entire delivery fleet to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil and offsetting all emissions across the Group by using a certified offsetting company.

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Our next major milestone?

Being a safe and sustainable business is at the heart of our growth strategy and is essential for the future of our employees, our customers and our communities. This involves understanding and managing the impact on the community we operate in whilst working with our customers to support their ESG and CSR targets. Our next milestone is to have net zero direct emissions by 2030 or sooner.

Driving down emissions with HVO

All oil delivery fleets within the Group are fuelled by Crown HVO fuel, our drop-in alternative diesel that reduces up to 90% of net CO2 emissions. This move will save over 3,080 tonnes of net CO2 emissions released from our delivery fleet every year!

Our current Group emissions (scope 1 & 2 and selected group 3 which we have direct control over) are approximately 8,934 tCO2e (20/21 baseline). By simply switching our fleet to HVO, we will reduce these emissions by approximately 2,983 tCO2e.

What is carbon neutral?

Carbon neutral refers to when the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted is equivalent to the amount of carbon that’s absorbed from the atmosphere. This can be done through carbon sinks, such as forests – or offsetting – which absorb and store more CO2 from the atmosphere than they produce.

Carbon neutral vs net zero

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Offsetting our operation’s emissions

Counteracting the carbon used to supply our customers with the fuel they need to power their operations not only allows us to improve our environmental footprint, but that of our customers too. We are continuing to offset any remaining emissions from our road fleet, effectively making our deliveries carbon neutral.

From December 2007 to April 2020, we offset over 37,500 tonnes of CO2 generated by our tankers’ mileage, funding carbon reducing initiatives across the globe.

How Crown Oil plans to become Net Zero by 2030

  • 2007

    Begins voluntarily offsetting our delivery emissions

  • 2012

    Wins HazardEx for environmental contribution to the industry

  • 2018

    Heavily invests in HVO to help businesses meet increasing targets

  • 2020

    Wins Fuel Oil News’ Tanker of the Year Award

  • 2021

    Switches entire road fleet to HVO. Wins UKIFDA’s Green Award for 2021. Begins office efficiency upgrades

  • 2022

    Becomes certified carbon neutral by April 2022

  • 2023

    Office buildings to be powered by renewable energy

  • 2028

    Fuel system pump upgrades

  • 2029

    Small vehicles to be upgraded to electric

  • 2030

    The Crown Group to have Net Zero direct emissions

What are we doing already?

  • We’ve invested in a new site to provide additional space for our expanding sustainable fuels operation, allowing us to serve an even greater number of customers while carrying out more research and development into alternative products
  • We’re a member of the Renewable Fuel Assurance Scheme by Zemo, which issues a certificate every quarter on our HVO customers’ consumption
  • We use energy-saving light bulbs and energy-efficient equipment in all of our offices and depots
  • We’ve implemented an electronic end-to-end invoicing system
  • We recycle all old IT equipment and barrels
  • We offer sustainable fuel station loans and HVO trials to encourage the use of greener fuels
  • We’ve implemented teleconferencing facilities to reduce the need to travel to meetings
  • Our tankers and company cars are regularly serviced and maintained to ensure fuel efficiency
  • Our employees are trained on environmental issues to ensure a full, cohesive team effort when reducing our carbon footprint

How can we claim carbon neutral status?

We commissioned a Carbon Strategy Report, conducted by an external consultancy, which details where we are now and the measures that we need to take over the next 5 years to reduce our carbon footprint

The Crown Oil Group is implementing a robust and transparent Carbon Reduction and Reporting Strategy which is aligned to international standards (PAS 2060, GHG protocol)

All our emissions will be externally verified by a consultancy on a yearly basis and the reports freely available to all stakeholders.

Did you know: The oil companies within the Crown Oil Group are the first in the country to be certified carbon neutral. We now plan to achieve Net Zero direct emissions (Scope 1 & 2) by 2030 or sooner.

Planned reduction initiatives for the action period 2021-2022

Heat recovery ventilation

We’re upgrading our head office with controlled ventilation and heat recovery to provide better indoor air quality and lower energy use. This will increase fresh air ventilation to provide better comfort, productivity and health with the use of mechanical ventilation.

Improved heating controls

Heating controls are often not well set-up or optimised for what heat is actually needed. Crown Oil will install basic, user friendly timers or controls to reduce wasted heat.

Automatic lighting controls

Most of the lighting in the facilities is on manual switches, there is potential to add sensors to ensure lights are dimmed or off when there is no occupancy.

We will continue to reduce our Group emissions by:

  • Setting targets to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption
  • Having our targets and emissions monitored externally to show commitment and transparency
  • Running all our fleet on renewable fuels and improving the efficiency of our fleet through the adoption of new technology
  • Using water efficiently, recycling where possible and protecting water quality
  • Monitoring our waste streams and adopting the waste hierarchy

To find out more about what Crown Oil is doing for the environment, to achieve Net Zero, get in touch today


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