Crown Oil becomes UK’s first carbon neutral fuel supplier

Greater Manchester-based distributor, Crown Oil, is the first UK fuel supply company to achieve carbon neutral status under the PAS 2060 framework.

The first UK fuel supply company to achieve carbon neutral status under the PAS 2060 framework

A company statement acknowledged the need for action: “The Crown Oil Group recognises the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use on a local and global scale and, due to our first-hand relationship with our customers, understands how deeply dependent society is on oil-based products.

“We are aware that this is not an excuse for inaction but, instead, a growing opportunity to make positive change now.”

Action not words

“As society makes it difficult to transition to a net zero carbon world, we want to change and evolve to serve our customers with the lowest possible environmental impact. That’s why we’ve put sustainability at the core of our business and are going above and beyond to find ways to reduce that impact.

“We understand that real lasting change requires action rather than just words, and we’re changing the way we fuel our future.

“Becoming a carbon neutral business is a steppingstone towards our ultimate goal of becoming net zero. While we work towards this, our managing director, Matthew Greensmith wants to ensure we are doing everything we can to reduce our emissions, rather than sitting and waiting for it to come for us. This led to him setting the target for the Crown Group to be certified carbon neutral by April, using this as a springboard to continue working towards our long-term goal of net zero direct emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030, but ideally much sooner. We’ve reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 83% in the last 12 months which is a huge achievement for us.

The first UK fuel supply company to achieve carbon neutral status under the PAS 2060 framework

Total transparency

“To support this ambition, we have taken steps to fully understand our present environmental impact with a detailed and transparent carbon footprint study across all aspects of our operations (Scope 1, 2 and 3). We are doing this by identifying and delivering carbon reduction projects and compensating for residual emissions through the use of offsets, while being aware of the challenges and improvements needed with this approach.

“We understand there is some scepticism surrounding carbon neutral status so, to ensure transparency and continual improvement, we have partnered with a third-party company to verify our emissions and obtain certification to the PAS 2060:2014 standard for carbon neutrality through a stringent 4-stage process.

“Aligning with this standard will hold our business to account and proves that we are following a robust carbon reduction and avoidance strategy to achieve our long-term goal.”

Congratulations to Crown Oil on an important and significant step forward. We know that many businesses are on the path to net zero and inspiring others to take action. If you would like to share your plans for a low carbon future, please contact