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).
EU Ecolabel criteria for Textiles amended
The European Commission has recently published a decision in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) amending the EU Ecolabel criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to textile products.
Revised criteria for 6 product groups published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 12th July 2017
The revised criteria for Hand Dishwashing Detergents, Hard Surface Cleaners, Industrial & Institutional Dishwasher Detergents, Industrial & Institutional Laundry Detergents, Laundry Detergents and Automatic Dishwasher Detergents have been published.
Criteria for Converted Paper Products extended to 31st December 2020
The current EU Ecolabel criteria for Converted Paper Products expired on 2nd May 2017. The Commission has published a Decision in OJEU extending the validity of these criteria to 31st December 2020.