What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting offers a convenient and cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. A carbon offset represents a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that can be used to compensate for emissions made somewhere else.

How does carbon offsetting work?

All liquid fuels release greenhouse gases (including CO2 and NOx) into the atmosphere as part of the combustion process. CO2 equivalent (CO2E) is a metric used to convert the net impact of all these gases into an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same global warming potential. This helps to measure the impact of fuel use. All liquid fuel types have a CO2E conversion factor.

Use our carbon calculator to help understand your CO2 impact.

Simply calculate your carbon emission equivalent and understand the CO2 impact of your fuel use.


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How can I buy carbon offset fuel from Watson Fuels?

Where emissions can’t be avoided, you can purchase carbon offsets from Watson Fuels.

We’re working in partnership with our sustainability colleagues at World Kinect Energy Services to offer two carbon offsetting options to our customers. You can switch to carbon offset fuel, or buy carbon offsets from us in bulk, as a standalone purchase.

   Carbon offset fuel

      • Upgrade to carbon offset fuel, for a small pence-per-litre uplift

      • Offset each fuel purchase as you go

      • We invest in accredited projects on your behalf

When you buy carbon offset fuel from Watson Fuels, you’ll pay slightly more per litre of fuel, with a proportion of the price you pay going directly towards projects that compensate for the carbon impact of the fuel you’re using.

Simply ask our sales advisors to switch to offset fuel when you place your next fuel or heating oil order. By choosing to purchase Carbon offset fuel, you’ll be lowering your carbon footprint by directly contributing to the global carbon projects we’re partnering with, and the UN SDGs they are supporting.

To place your order for carbon offset fuel, please call your local office. Or, for further information, click below to send us an enquiry.

  Carbon offset standalone purchase

      • Buy carbon offsets in bulk, as a one-off or reoccurring purchase

      • Offset your fuel footprint in one go

      • Select offsets from a range of international projects

We can also offer customers the option to purchase carbon offsets as a single standalone transaction independent of any individual fuel and energy purchase.

This option is typically popular with businesses seeking to offset all their annual fuel emissions through a single purchase, or those wishing to go beyond offsetting the CO2e their fuel produces.

Purchase from a range of internationally verified projects, or work with our sustainability experts to create a tailored carbon offset solution to meet your business needs. With each purchase, you’ll receive full certification as evidence of how you have compensated for your emissions, helping you to promote your efforts to your customers and engage your stakeholders.

Beyond carbon offsetting

While not a complete solution for managing your company’s entire carbon footprint, carbon offsets are an effective bridging mechanism that can be used to compensate for residual and direct carbon emissions.

But we can also help you go further. In partnership with our colleagues at World Kinect Energy Services, our sustainability experts can look beyond carbon offsetting to advise you on the most impactful, measurable and practical solutions to help your business reach its sustainability targets. Using our global expertise and local insights, we can help you make significant progress on your journey to net zero, no matter where you are right now.

We only source carbon offsets from verified international projects

Our carbon offsets are independently verified against international standards. These standards provide a methodology, a verification process, and a registration process that ensures emission reductions are real, additional, permanent, and unique.

Our offsets are sourced by our expert sustainability colleagues at World Kinect Energy Services, and meet one or more of the below standards and certifications.

We’re currently sourcing carbon offsets from carefully selected renewable energy projects across India.

Where do our offsets come from?
The offsets we source are procured from a range of solar and wind projects across India.

Which standards do these offsets meet?
As a minimum, these projects meet Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

What vintage do our carbon offsets represent?
Our offsets represent reductions happening in the last five years.

Which UN Sustainable Development goals do these projects support?

These projects support:
Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 13 - Take action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Carbon offsets are calculated by using the CO₂ equivalent (CO₂e) conversion factor for a given fuel type and quantity. CO₂e is a metric that converts the overall impact of all greenhouse gases (which includes CO, and NOx) into an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide with the same global warming potential. All liquid fuel grades have a CO₂e conversion factor. So, while offsets are measured and calculated in carbon dioxide terms, the carbon offsets calculation does include the global warming impact of all greenhouse gases associated with the fuel. You can try our carbon calculator to see how this works.

    But when you buy carbon offset fuel from Watson Fuels, we help take care of this detail for you. A proportion of the price you pay for each carbon offset fuel purchase goes towards projects that compensation for the overall carbon impact of the fuel you use and quantity you purchase.