The first UK fuel supply company to be certified carbon neutral

It’s a double celebration

This month, the Crown Oil Group is not only celebrating our diamond jubilee but another landmark achievement: we are the first fuel company in the UK to achieve carbon neutral status in line with the internationally recognised PAS 2060 framework.

But that’s just the start, and this milestone is merely a springboard to our ultimate goal of achieving net zero direct emissions by 2030 or sooner.

Over the last few years, we’ve played an active role in helping businesses adapt to changing trends across the oil industry, and instead of waiting for additional legislative changes to come into place, we are passionate about leading by example and reducing our emissions in every way we can.

In 2021, the Group made big strides as we became the first UK fuel supplier to switch our delivery fleet to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). This move, alongside our longstanding practice of offsetting our excess emissions through the purchase of carbon credits, is we have been certified carbon neutral.

What does carbon neutral mean?

Carbon neutral refers to when there is a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. In other words, it results in no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, especially as a result of carbon offsetting.

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To ensure transparency and continual improvement towards its externally verified carbon neutral status, the Group has commissioned an external assessment of its greenhouse gas emissions as well as a target-driven carbon management plan.

The business was crowned the winner of the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association’s (UKIFDA) prestigious Green Award for 2021, which recognises those in the liquid fuel industry that are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.

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“As a Group, we have come a long way from when my grandfather and founder, Harry Greensmith, sold paraffin oil door-to-door in Heywood. As we continue towards our goal of net zero direct emissions, I believe that my grandfather would be proud of everything the Group has and will continue to achieve.”

– Managing Director, Matthew Greensmith

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