Castrol has become the first lubricant supplier in the world to offer carbon-neutral lubricants for the wind turbine industry, the company said in a press release. Castrol Optigear Synthetic CT 320 and Optigear Synthetic X 320 are both certified to meet the BSI PAS 2060 Specification for achieving and demonstrating complete carbon neutrality for their entire product lifecycle.
By meeting these specifications, each litre of oil used is certified to offset 2.3 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) – or 930 kg when refilling a typical wind turbine gearbox, which is comparable to the CO2 produced by an average passenger car driving 2,229 miles.
“The huge growth in renewable energy has made a major contribution towards protecting the environment, but our customers are innovators and always looking at new ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and take further action on climate change,” said Daryl Luke, Global Product Manager at Castrol. “Castrol is committed to carbon reduction worldwide, and with Optigear Synthetic CT 320 and Synthetic X 320 certified as carbon neutral, our customers can now address those concerns without sacrificing performance. Using these carbon neutral gear oils, manufacturers can reduce emissions at first fill and operators can cut their long-term carbon footprint,” he added.