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).
Extension of validity of existing criteria for Printed Paper and Rinse-off Cosmetics and 2 other groups being considered
A written vote has taken place to extend the validity of criteria for 4 product groups: Printed Paper, Rinse-off Cosmetics and Absorbent Hygiene Products.
Revised criteria for 4 product groups approved at the June meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee
The revised criteria for copying & graphic paper, newsprint, tissue paper and lubricants were approved at a meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee on 29th June 2016.
Transitional period for revised EU Ecolabel criteria for Detergents extended
Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1214 set revised criteria for various types of detergents. In order to give current licence holders more time to adapt their products to comply the transitional period has been extended from 12 to 18 months