EDITORIAL It’s all about sustainability...

I was invited to a day out on a farm last month (well it is summer after all). But this wasn’t just any farm. It was The Grange Farm in rural Northamptonshire, one of 2 BASF sustainable solution farms in the UK (the second is Rawcliffe Bridge Farm in East Yorkshire). I’d been welcomed for a site tour and to experience their sustainability programme in action – and I saw first-hand how biodiversity and profitability can work together, successfully, in real time.

Given the global challenge we face (nine billion people to feed by 2050), and the pressure this puts on our land, water and soil resources, it was exciting to see how farmer, Andrew Pitts, operating under real-world conditions, is supporting the natural environment, protecting local bird populations, pollinators and plant species through this sustainable approach; confirmation that maintaining the delicate balance between profitability, environment and society is both achievable and necessary.

Grange Farm is one of more than 10 sustainable solution farms that BASF is pioneering across Europe, through its partnering with local farmers in an ambitious Farm Network Programme. The initiative is garnering interest among an expanding European farming community (as well as the UK, there are farms in Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Czech Republic). Professional farmers adopt specific practices and agricultural techniques to suit their individual farm size, its specific soil type and its crop diversity (cereals, oilseeds, fresh vegetables and vines). In the UK, both farms share biodiversity results with around 900 visitors every year, including delegations from the UK and Environmental organisations and BASF says their goal is to share learnings and showcase what sustainable farming can achieve through a transparent Farm Network Programme. It was a fascinating look at how a global chemical company is putting sustainability at its core.

And sustainability remains in the spotlight this issue with another industry initiative - the UEIL Sustainability

Task Force. Apu Gosalia, VP Global Intelligence and Chief Sustainability Officer at Fuchs, discusses its framework and aims in this month’s editor interview on page 54 and if you’re not already talking about Artificial Intelligence and how it’s going

to impact your particular business and this industry, you should be. Author and member of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Task Force for the Enterprise Adoption of AI, Katie King, reveals all, ahead of her not-to-be-missed Congress workshop in October. More on page 32.

Other issues this month examine Industrial Lubrication (wire ropes and Zinc free hydraulic fluids) and Gear Oils. We assess the regulatory changes to EU Poison Centres and ask our visiting expert, Alan Outhwaite of Chevron Base Oils to give us the low down in our new ‘Everything you always wanted to know about… Base Oils!’ feature. Thank you to Dr Lou Honary for the August Lube Tech ‘Are there Waveguides in our Future?’ investigating grease and microwave based reactors. Alongside our regular Lube items, including the VLS, Local and UEIL reports, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

And take time to examine the new addition to our website this month. The complete Lube Reports archive is now available, featuring all printed Lube Reports from 2013. Finally, an important sustainability announcement from the UKLA and Lube Editorial team – we’re happy to inform our readers that from 2020 all copies of Lube will be coming to you wrapped in Polyair™ - a single layered, bio-based polymer film that is 100% Carbon neutral, fully recyclable (Code LDPE 4) and certified by the Carbon Trust. We’ve all got to do our bit!

Until next time…

Andrianne Philippou



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