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EDITORIAL One small, carbon neutral step at a time...


We are all aware of the challenges and changes affecting the industry, not least of which is the global impact on us all of climate change; along with many companies and organisations, our collective responsibility and obligation for more sustainable processes and practices has never been more significant, nor has the need for transparency and accountability ever been greater. With this in mind I wanted to share news with you about Lube magazine and our sustainability record.


Lube magazine is the sector’s first sustainably produced publication. Our paper stocks are all sustainably sourced. The particular stock used on our printed issues holds the global alliance PEFC accreditation (the Programme for the Endorsement of the Forest Certification) and the inks used to print Lube magazine are all vegetable based, derived from soya and rape seed with water based cover seals.


However, we can all do more and do better.


If you joined us at our 2019 UKLA Annual Dinner, you will have heard David Hopkinson, CEO of our headline sponsor, Multisol (and UKLA President), announce that a tree would be planted for every attendee at the event (in place of a gift) - from this issue of Lube and moving forward, UKLA and the Lube Editorial Committee have taken the decision to be ‘Carbon Neutral’, off-setting the magazine’s paper production consumption through the World Land Trust programme www.worldlandtrust.org. In addition, I’m pleased to say that moving forward, you will find your February (and every subsequent) bi-monthly copy of Lube being delivered to you in a 100% carbon neutral, bio-based Polyair™ clear film wrap, which is fully recyclable.


Of course change always carries some element of risk in terms of production costs. But it is absolutely the right approach to offset our carbon footprint and I hope you’ll agree that in the longer term, doing little or nothing carries a far greater risk...


Moving on, I am thrilled to announce the first ever ‘Women in the Lubricants Industry’ conference.


6 LUBE MAGAZINE NO.155 FEBRUARY 2020


Hosted by Lube magazine and the UKLA, this one day event is aimed at encouraging diversity and empowering success for everyone working in the lubricants industry. Almost 2 years ago when I began my role as this magazine’s editor, my standout observation was what a male dominated industry it was. Happily, changes are happening, slowly but surely. It is hoped this event will go some way to celebrating the inspirational women working and shaping the sector who are leading the way for the next generation.


The event takes place on 11th March at the Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall in London. It will feature 3 powerful keynote presentations by Mandy Hickson, a former front line RAF Tornado pilot; Valentina Serra-Holm, UEIL President/VP Global Product Mktg, Calumet and Jan Ward MBE, Chair of the Energy & Utility Skills Group and founder/CEO of Corrotherm International (read my interview with Jan on p58).


Taking place in International Women’s Week, the conference programme has been structured to create a platform for discussion and debate and to determine ‘best practice’ strategies that encourage diversity and self-empowerment, broadening perceptions and supporting transformation within the sector: gender engagement, recruitment and retention, mentoring, leadership programmes, personal development and progression are among the key issues being addressed. We are thrilled and grateful for the overwhelming support of our sponsors for this event and also for the positive feedback we continue to receive from members and stakeholders. It seems our conference has struck a collective chord. We look forward to welcoming you but tickets are selling fast! You have been warned.


Until next time


Andrianne Philippou, editor@ukla.org.uk


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