News: Licence Holder, Lubrizol, spoke at UKLA Bio Lubricants Seminar, July.
Bio Lubricants? What is their potential and how will they impact the demand for mineral and synthetic lubricants?
Tuesday, 14th June 2016
UKED and EU Ecolabel licence holder, Lubrizol's Mick Wragg, Senior Global Product Steward, contributed to the discussion on the growing market for bio-lubricants.
The world consumes on average 40 million tons of oil and grease of mineral or synthetic origin. Almost 90% of current lubricants, particularly hydraulic fluids and greases, could be replaced by vegetable oil-based products, easily biodegradable and with a low toxicity.
Bio-lubricants are spreading in Europe: in Germany bio-lubricants already constitute a 15% market share. In Italy demand for vegetable oil-based products that use agricultural and food waste, is increasing.
The EU Ecolabel criteria for Lubricants guarantees a reduced impact on the aquatic environment and soil during use, minimises CO2 emissions, requires a high percentage of renewable raw materials, limits the use of hazardous substances, and guarantees a high technical performance (stipulated by a specific fitness for use criteria).