INDUSTRY NEWS European Union Green Deal

In December, President of the European Commission von der Leyen unveiled plans to accelerate the European Union’s momentum towards becoming a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Part of this deal will enshrine carbon neutrality in European law, extend the existing Carbon Emissions Trading System to include marine and phase out aviation’s free allowances, review the Energy Tax Directive, and introduce an Industrial Strategy to further reinforce the circular economy.

At the moment the main impact upon the lubricants sector is through the review of the Energy Tax Directive of which lubricants are included but at a zero rate. The impact upon the sector of the introduction of a planned Carbon Border Tax based on the carbon content of products is still uncertain at this time.

World Trade Organisation’s proposals upon which the tax would be based, have focused on carbon-based fuel and the use of a tax to regularise the impact of carbon-reduction measures across countries in order to reduce emissions.

The policy work on the review of the EU Energy Tax Directive will be led by UEIL and the position is to retain the status quo in having lubricants included in the Energy Tax Directive but at a zero rate.

Political guidelines for the next European Commission 2019 to 2024 can be found at commission

An EU briefing on the Green Deal can be found at

New technology for a new laboratory: Clariant Refinery Services opens state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil lab in the UK

Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new state-of- the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that will focus on applications for transport and storage. Based in Bradford, United Kingdom, this global centre of excellence will support a highly experienced technical services team equipped to address multiple challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline providers, and logistic companies all around the world.

Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the new lab has a wide selection of testing regimes and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing. The facility puts Clariant Refinery Services at the forefront of finding and developing new, and customised, pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.

With the ability to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, Clariant can conduct full performance

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potential analyses of any crude oil product, in a real-life simulation, providing customers with reliable solutions, fully tailored to their specific needs.

With the new laboratory’s innovative methodologies and capabilities, Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabiliser solutions specific to the challenges presented by new International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulations, limiting marine fuels’ Sulphur to 0.5% from the previous limit of 3.5%.

The laboratory, that celebrated its official grand opening on January 23, will continue its focus on customer centered application development with technical experts being specialists in simulating and replicating field conditions.


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