Advanced fuels & lubricants

From coast to coast, bp provides Americans with fuels, lubricants and other products essential to modern transportation, including a growing number of lower-carbon and carbon-neutral products.

Explore Advanced fuels & lubricants
Renewable dieselCastrol
Explore Advanced fuels & lubricants
Renewable dieselCastrol

Renewable diesel

Renewable diesel is diesel fuel manufactured from biomass-based feedstocks, such as vegetable oils and rendered animal fats. In 2018, Cherry Point became the first and only refinery in the Pacific Northwest capable of processing these feedstocks alongside conventional feedstocks like crude oils.

Low carbon product for our customers

Our renewable diesel has only 30% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of fossil diesel[1] and is chemically identical to conventional ultra-low sulfur diesel.

In October 2021, we announced plans for a $269 million investment in three projects at Cherry Point, aimed at improving the refinery’s efficiency, reducing its carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and increasing its renewable diesel production capability. Expected to create more than 300 local jobs over the next three years, this investment is aligned with our aims to be net zero across our operations by 2050 or sooner and to reduce the carbon intensity of the products we sell by 50% by 2050 or sooner.

Co-processing has helped bp reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from our Cherry Point diesel. Co-processing at refineries can take place in units such as hydrotreaters, hydrocrackers or fluid catalytic converters. Cherry Point uses diesel hydrotreaters. More specifically, we hydrotreat crude-based diesel and animal fats simultaneously in the same process unit, resulting in a mixed product that cannot be segregated. Our hydrotreater can also accommodate other low carbon-intensity feedstocks, including vegetable oils.

Our renewable diesel plant, located at our Cherry Point Refinery in Whatcom County.

Co-processing at our Cherry Point refinery produces a diesel product that has lower CO₂ emissions than fossil based diesel fuel.

Regulatory incentives can help make renewable diesel fuel a more commercially viable product.

bp has prior experience with co-processing biomass feedstocks at our refineries in Australia and Spain. Where capabilities exist, co-processing is an efficient way to reduce the GHG footprint of a fuel. However, it still requires regulatory incentives to be commercially viable because producing renewable diesel is more expensive and logistically difficult.

Supporting progressive climate policies

In 2021, Washington state adopted both a new carbon pricing system and a new low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) mandating a 20% reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2038 (compared with 2017 levels). Co-processing already generates Advanced Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard, and it can also generate credits under LCFS programs in California, Oregon and other states.

We believe that carbon pricing is the most economically efficient policy mechanism to incentivize decarbonization, while recognizing that regulation also has a critical role to play. With that in mind, we strongly advocated for the new cap-and-invest program in Washington state and for an extension of California’s existing program to 2030. We are now working with state policymakers in Oregon to share our experiences with other programs as they craft their own cap-and-invest system.

  • [1]

    This figure is based on GREET 3.0 for California Air Resources Board provisional pathway using tallow feedstock.

  • [2]

    Applies where generators over 25 megawatts are required to possess credits.

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Castrol, bp’s lubricant brand, is a global leader in lubricant technology, serving customers and consumers in over 140 countries in the automotive, marine, industrial, aerospace and energy production sectors. Our branded products are recognized globally for innovation and high performance through our commitment to premium quality products, highly responsive services and cutting-edge technology.

Castrol in the US

In the US, Castrol is a top choice for motorists who change their own oil, as well as being one of the leading lubricant suppliers to the rapidly growing wind industry. Our metal working and machining fluids are critical to the production of components for the automotive and aerospace industries. Our production fluids are at the forefront of oil exploration and production in the waters of the US Gulf and our specialist greases and lubricants have played key roles in space exploration for decades.

e-Fluids for electric mobility

In June 2021, Castrol announced the launch of Castrol ON, our e-Fluids brand for electric mobility, which will work to create a new era for electric vehicles (EVs). From transmission fluids, which are inside many EVs already on the road, to greases and thermal fluids, these products enable EVs to run smoothly and efficiently while staying cool. In addition, Castrol e-Fluids also support equipment used at sea in the transfer of power from an engine or electric motor to a propeller or thruster. Castrol’s e-Fluids are already used by more than half of electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers.

We developed these e-Fluids in close collaboration with industry partners, including the Jaguar Racing Formula E Team, so our technologies were tested to the limit on the racetrack before they ever reached the road.

Castrol has a long history of innovating and delivering cutting-edge solutions for emerging technologies. Our new Castrol ON range offers OEM [original equipment manufacturer] partners a full range of advanced e-Fluids to meet the challenging technical demands of electric vehicles.

Laura Posadas
president, bp lubricants Americas

Carbon-neutral product mix

We have also produced a diverse mix of carbon-neutral Castrol products, including for passenger cars (EDGE Professional), for the wind industry (Optigear), and carbon-neutral lubricants for the commercial trucking industry (VECTON).

Digital innovation

In the wind sector, Castrol has a joint venture called ONYX InSight, a digital monitoring platform that helps wind farm operators track the condition of turbines, optimize maintenance and reduce operating costs. ONYX InSight has deployed this technology to thousands of turbines across the US wind market.

Low carbon partnerships

Castrol is also driving low carbon solutions through external partnerships, such as our sponsorship of the Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) NASCAR team. In February 2021, RFR announced that it had become the first-ever carbon-neutral NASCAR team, with Castrol pledging to support its carbon reduction and offset programs throughout the 2022 racing season.

A few months later, in April 2021, Castrol and the Los Angeles Rams football team announced a similar partnership. With our help, the Rams are set to become the first team to offset the carbon emissions from air travel to away games throughout an entire NFL season. Castrol and the Rams are also joining with Keep America Beautiful — the largest community improvement organization in the United States — to clean up waste in every city the Rams visit this season, including Los Angeles and Charlotte, the home cities of Castrol sustainability ambassadors Robert Woods (of the Rams) and Ryan Newman (of Roush Fenway Racing).

Our mission is to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. That’s why we’re thrilled to work with partners like Castrol, Roush Fenway Racing, and the Rams who are inspiring us and others to take action to improve and beautify their local communities.

Helen Lowman
president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful

Castrol has facilities nationwide, including manufacturing sites in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, and a regional headquarters for the Americas in New Jersey.

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