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Is it possible to take an environmentally responsible attitude when buying oils for a truck engine? Can those of us who work in the transport business really make a difference?


According to Ash Kochar from Castrol, switching to Castrol Vecton Carbon Neutral is one way truck operators can make a stance for the environment.


“Carbon neutrality is when the net greenhouse gas emissions of a product are equal to zero,” said Kochar. “That’s exactly what we’ve achieved in Castrol Vecton’s case. The net greenhouse gas emissions for the entire life of every product in the range are equal to zero!”


Achieving carbon neutral certification is no easy task. It usually takes six to twelve months to achieve, and takes into account data from production plants, product formulations, manufacturing, packaging and logistics.


“The process covers the product’s entire life cycle,” said Kochar. “That’s only the beginning, you then have to decide on a carbon reduction plan and commit to a certification process that will demonstrate you’re serious about meeting the National Carbon Offset Standard. This usually involves a process called carbon offsetting, which offers benefits on several levels.


“It’s a case of what you put in, you must also take out. The CO2 we produce during the life of Castrol Vecton is offset by supporting projects that either avoid the release of CO2, or by supporting projects that absorb the amount of CO2 from the air that would have otherwise stayed in the atmosphere. The results obtained in these projects are measured in ‘offset units’ which represent genuine reductions or abatement of greenhouse gas emissions.”


Offset units are usually purchased by companies and used to cancel out or ‘offset’ the emissions they generate during their normal course of business. Typical projects involve removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in soil or trees, for example, by growing a forest.


Castrol Vecton Carbon Neutral sources its carbon offset credits from the ‘Redd Forest Grouped Project’ in Tasmania. Kochar says this project focuses on the protection of a Tasmanian native rainforest, and also involves an agreement with local farmers to leave tracts of land untouched and timber unharvested for the 35-year duration of the project.


“By agreeing to protect their forests rather than logging them, the farmers involved will help to prevent the release of more than half a million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere over the lifetime of the project,” said Kochar.


“Carbon offsetting not only helps people to become more environmentally responsible, but often brings wider social and economic benefits. In this case, benefits include a more attractive landscape for an area looking to expand its ecotourism business and an improved ecosystem which benefits everything from crops to native bird species to water purity.”


Castrol’s commitment to the carbon neutral program means the entire Castrol Vecton range sold in Australia is certified carbon neutral. This includes all pack sizes and all variants, says Ash Kochar.


“Castrol is committed to CO2 reduction worldwide,” said Kochar. “In fact, the Castrol Professional range was the world’s first carbon neutral range of oil.


“We have one of the world’s older truck populations in this country,” said Kochar. “So everything we can do to reduce the transport industry’s environmental impact is an important step in the right direction.


“Moving to Castrol Vecton Carbon Neutral is one important way Australian truck owners can help the industry improving its environmental reputation.”