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Shell Lubricants Carbon Neutral Products

Shell has announced (23rd February 2021) that it will offer customers carbon neutral lubricants across a range of passenger car, heavy duty diesel engine and industry focused products. This initiative meets a growing desire from consumers and commercial vehicle drivers to lower their carbon footprint and allows them to offset the emissions from their lubricant purchases.

Under the programme, Shell will compensate for the full lifecycle emissions of more than 200 million litres of advanced synthetic lubricants, the equivalent of taking 340,000 cars off the road and aiming to compensate for 700,000 tonnes of CO2e per year. For Europe, this includes compensating for over 60 million litres, of advanced synthetic lubricants, the equivalent of taking 130,000 cars off the road and aiming to compensate for around 280,000 tonnes of CO2e per year.

Parminder Kohli, Vice President Lubricants Europe, Russia and Africa at Shell said: “As the world’s largest lubricants provider we are well placed to meet the changing needs of our customers. We are also working hard to avoid or reduce emissions by using more renewable power in the manufacturing of our lubricants, reducing waste and increasing the energy efficiency of our operations. In addition, we are helping our customers take action today by offsetting the emissions from their lubricant purchases.”

Shell’s carbon neutral lubricants will be available in key markets across Europe, spanning the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Turkey. They will also be available via Shell’s distributors in all countries of operation. Shell will offset the emissions from a mix of advanced synthetic lubricants in these markets, including Helix for passenger cars, Rimula for heavy duty diesel engines and a wide range of industry lubricants, such as Shell Omala in the wind sector, Shell’s range of eco-label products “Shell Naturelle”, and selected Shell Gadus products for the wind sector.

This programme will contribute to Shell’s ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society. While measures to avoid and reduce emissions offer the best way to tackle emissions in the long term, until scalable solutions are deployed, carbon offsetting programmes provide an immediate solution for reducing CO2e emissions across Shell’s portfolio and value chain. Shell’s portfolio of nature-based carbon credits will compensate CO2e emissions from the entire lifecycle of these products, including the raw materials, packaging, production, distribution, customer use and product end of life. 

    Gas-To-Liquids Technology (GTL)

    • Today’s vehicles need a motor oil that improve performance and engine life. After 40 years of research and development, Shell have developed a revolutionary gas-to-liquids process:
      • Converts natural gas into crystal-clear base oil
      • Create a base oil that is 99.5% pure, with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil
      • No other commercial base oil is made in this way
      • Contains significantly greater amounts of iso-paraffins than typical group II and group III base oils for great performance and stability

    NEW Shell Tellus S2 MX (Launched September 2016)

    • Shell has spent the last 10 years developing the new Shell Tellus S2 MX, designed to offer you increased productivity with extended oil life, advanced wear protection and outstanding system efficiency:
      • As loads on pumps are increasing, protecting your equipment is more important than ever. The new Shell Tellus S2 MX formulation allows higher load carrying capacity and can help to protect your components from damage. This helps you to increase your equipment’s service life, to reduce unplanned shutdowns and maintenance expenditure, thus lowering your total cost of ownership
      • With operations running longer hours, you need equipment that is responsive and reliable for longer, leading to fewer interruptions in production. The new Shell Tellus S2 MX gives an in-operation life of 5,000 hours in the Turbine Oil Stability Test (TOST), three times that of typical industry and OEM limits:
        • Has 75% better sludge formation in thermal stability test
        • Up to 55% lower wear rate in cam ring and up to 65% lower wear rate in vane based on Eaton 35VQ25 test
        • Rotary Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test (RPVOT) 400 minutes
      • To maximise your productivity, you need your equipment running smoothly. The new Shell Tellus S2 MX provides excellent resistance to breakdown in the presence of water and improves on the already excellent friction control of the Shell Tellus S2 family, maintaining your equipment’s performance:
        • Maintains excellent filterability
        • Consistent water separation and air release
      • The new Shell Tellus S2 MX was designed with a new formulation. It uses a Group II base oil formulation that offers longer life compared with products based on Group I base oils. Its new additive technology is designed to offer better wear protection and higher load carrying capacity and avoid filter or valve failures, increasing your system efficiency:
        • Advanced wear protection in harsh environments means your equipment runs longer
        • Excellent performance in severe Bosch Rexroth Fluid Rating List RDE 90245 
        • Excellent metal protection of your hydraulic system 
        • Excellent in protecting your pump whether in wet or dry conditions

    NEW Shell Tellus S2 VX (Launched September 2016)

    • Shell has spent the last 10 years developing the new Shell Tellus S2 VX, which is enhanced with longer oil life, excellent stick-slip control with innovation to reduce wear:
      • REDUCED WEAR NO MATTER THE CONDITIONS, MEANS LESS MAINTENANCE. Modern hydraulics are operating under increased pressures, speeds and time periods, so protection of equipment is paramount. The new Shell Tellus S2 VX is innovated to reduce wear even in harsh environments and helps to protect your equipment against copper corrosion and rus
      • LONGER LIFE. To meet rising demands for productivity, limiting fluid degradation helps increase oil life and reduce downtime. The new Shell Tellus S2 VX achieved up to two times longer oil life than Shell Tellus S2 V and three times longer oil life than the industry minimum, and is formulated for a balanced performance with both long life and good sludge control
      • WIDER TEMPERATURE RANGE. Shell Tellus S2 VX provides stable viscosity over a wide temperature range compared to ISO HM fluids, that can help improve the performance of your machinery
      • EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT. You need your equipment performing at its best, so your hydraulic fluid needs to protect, lubricate and transmit power efficiently. The new Shell Tellus S2 VX is designed for excellent stick-slip control to provide efficient and precise power transmission and consistent water separation and air release benefits

    NEW Shell Rimula Ultra 5W-30 (Launched May 2016)

    • Developed to provide extended oil drain performance using Shell’s unique Dynamic Protection Plus technology for high performance and extended oil drain capability in latest low emission engine hardware
    • Shell’s Dynamic Protection Plus technology combines PurePlus Technology and Adaptive Additive Technology to provide exceptional cleanliness and viscosity stability control and low temperature pumping characteristics
    • New Shell Rimula Ultra combines the benefits of Shell Rimula R6 LME 5W-30 product with API CJ-4 specification for engines equipped with EGR and SCR NOx emission reduction systems (with diesel particulate filters). It is especially recommended for highly rated engines meeting Euro V to VI emission requirement

    Shell Helix Ultra C2/C3 0W30 (Launched 2015)

    Fully synthetic motor oil – Shell’s ultimate protection for vehicle emission systems

    • Give your engine superior performance and protection with the advanced benefits of Shell Helix Ultra ECT C2/C3 0W-30 – our most advanced formulation to date. The latest in our high-quality range of fully synthetic motor oils, it’s proven to deliver greater performance than ever before. Thanks to our Emissions Compatible Technology (ECT), Shell Helix Ultra ECT C2/C3 was developed to help keep the most modern diesel and gasoline engines free of dirt and build up.
    • In testing, our best-ever formulation achieved superior results – from excellent piston cleanliness to fuel efficiency and unsurpassed protection from wear and corrosion. Combining Shell PurePlus Technology and high performance additives, Shell Helix Ultra ECT C2/C3 delivers even higher levels of cleansing and protection.
    • Shell Helix Ultra ECT C2/C3 0W-30 provides:
      • Up to 2.6% greater fuel economy*
      • Unsurpassed corrosive wear protection up to 3x better than the latest industry standard** 
      • Up to 4x better wear protection*** than the latest industry standard
      • 45% cleaner pistons**** than the industry standard
      • Protects emission systems by helping to keep diesel particulate filters clean
      • Unsurpassed sludge protection – no other motor oil cleans your engine better*****
    • Specifications: ACEA C2, ACEA C3, API SN, VW504.00/507.00, MB 229.52, MB 229.51, MB 229.31, Fiat 955535.GS1 & Fiat 955535.DS1 (meets requirements), Porsche C30
     * Based on ACEA M 111 fuel economy results compared with an industry reference oil
    ** Based on Sequence VIII corrosion test vs API SN using SAE 0W-30
    *** Based on Sequence IVA vs API SN using SAE 0W-30
    **** Based on DV4TD piston deposit test using SAE 0W-30<br> 
    ***** Based on Sequence VG sludge test performance on SAE 0W-30