Introducing ‘beyond carbon neutral’ used cooking oil collections

Beautiful scenery showing woodland and waterWe’re very proud to say that we have reached a bit of a milestone.

For a long time, we have wanted to do more than just delete our carbon footprint – we wanted to increase the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere too.

That’s why we’ve been working with sustainability advisors towards this goal. And we are delighted to announce that we have just achieved ‘beyond carbon neutral’ status for our used cooking oil collection and fresh oil delivery services.

What is ‘beyond carbon neutral’?

A company achieves this if they have gone above and beyond simply neutralizing your carbon emissions. To be ‘beyond carbon neutral’, you also need to increase the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere – in effect, helping to clean up excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This means offsetting 150% of the carbon emissions you produced in the last financial year.

We felt this was crucially important to do.

“Operating sustainably is hugely important to Proper Oils, and for me this means reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible while mitigating the carbon we do use through offsetting,” says Stephen Hurton, founder and managing director of Proper Oils.

We achieved this with the help of Delta-simons, a company providing geo-environmental and sustainability services in the UK, who have calculated our carbon emissions.

How we offset the carbon

The total carbon footprint associated with Proper Oils’ business operations between 2016 and 2017 was 100.64 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

On our behalf, a total of 101 tonnes of CO2e has been offset against the Guizhou Hydro Power Project, China – that’s 100% of our emissions.

The additional 50% of our emissions has been removed by planting trees in the UK through The Woodland Trust. This has removed 51 tonnes of carbon.

About the Guizhou Power Project, China

This project replaces coal-powered energy with renewable hydroelectric power– electricity generated from moving water – for the local region. Four hydro power plants, sited on remote parts of the rivers Duliu, Loujiaohe and Quingshui, generate 59.4 MW of clean electricity to the local grid.

This form of renewable power doesn’t just reduce greenhouse gases, but also improves air quality locally and cuts back on the use of firewood by the local population.

Planting trees in the UK

As trees grow, they use sunlight to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing it as carbon – making it a crucial step to help remove carbon from the atmosphere.

The Woodland Trust is now planting native trees in woodlands across the UK on behalf of Proper Oils. As well as helping to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, these new woodlands also help to support natural ecosystems and wildlife.

“One of my aims when I started Proper Oils was to be able to offer customers a carbon neutral cooking oil delivery and collection service,” says Stephen. “After 10 years of hard work, I’m thrilled to be able to exceed this with expectation with a ‘beyond carbon neutral’ collection and recycling scheme as well as great service and prices.”



To book a used cooking oil collection or find out more about Proper Oils’ services, please call us on 0208 894 9476, fill in our form or email



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