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ATIEL and UEIL Form Joint Sustainability Committee 
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ATIEL and UEIL Form Joint Sustainability Committee 

By Simon Johns - Jun 27, 2024

Two European lubricants associations, ATIEL and UEIL, have formed a sustainability committee to address the industry’s critical environmental and legislative challenges. It comes at a time when Europe’s broader chemical industry is under mounting pressure from global competition and environmental legislation.

Legislation includes the European Green Deal and changes to REACh, which controls chemicals manufacturing and distribution in the bloc. They might also have negative financial impacts on many of the continent’s lubricants companies.

The ATIEL and UEIL committee will look at product and corporate carbon footprint, the use-phase of lubricant, end-of-life eco-design for sustainable products, according to a press release.

In November 2023, the two associations published the Methodology for Product Carbon Footprint Calculations for Lubricants and Other Specialties. It is the world’s first such standardized methodology.

“The development of the sector-specific, cradle-to-gate ‘Methodology for Product Carbon Footprint Calculations for Lubricants and Other Specialties’ is an important milestone, but it is just the beginning of our journey. The industry still needs to incorporate and adapt to this methodology as well as accelerate its recognition across the value chain,” Mika Kettunen, Chevron’s technical product manager of base oils and global lead on sustainability, told Lubes’n’Greases. Kettunen is cochair, alongside Markus Garb of Fuchs.

Kettunen pointed out rerefining and lubricants’ contribution in energy and fuel saving, as well as supporting the circular economy, align with the European Green Deal. The Green Deal is a raft of interconnected environmental goals for the bloc’s entire economy and society.

“For the lubricants industry, it is equally important to understand the use-phase and end-of-life processes,” he said

Soon after the announcement, the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers launched an equivalent committee in the United States. 

It ensures transparency and consistency across the entire supply chain. It allows industry actors to analyze and reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products. Enhancing efforts towards greenhouse gas reduction. 

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