Environmentalists and climate scientists believe modern life is not sustainable. We consume too many resources, produce too much waste and have created an ever-widening wealth gap between the world’s richest and poorest. We also need to quickly reverse our contribution to climate change.
Can the lubricants industry help put the global economy on a more sustainable track and mitigate climate change?
“If we don’t lubricate things, nothing would move and the world would come to a standstill,” John Eastwood, head of global business development for energy technologies at specialty chemical company Croda, told Lubes’n’Greases. “Even very small amounts of lubricant can have a tremendous impact on society, on the economy and the environment.”
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The industry plays a vital role in reducing energy and resource consumption by reducing friction, corrosion and wear. In this sense, it contributes to the sustainability of other industrial activities. But is it sustainable itself?