Habemus new GEIR President!

After several years at the head of GEIR, the European Waste Oil Re-refining Industry sector if UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricants industry), Christian Hartmann stepped down from his role as GEIR President to pass the reins to Marco Codognola, CEO of Itelyum.

Marco, an electronics engineering graduate, spent a significant portion of his career in sales, business development and M&A, working for the main players of the energy sector (conventional and renewables). He joined Viscolube in 2012, where he headed the growth and diversification process of the company which resulted in Itelyum Group, now active in regenerated base oil production, solvent and chemical purification, industrial waste management.

His past years involvement in GEIR activities as a Structuring the work

member of the Steering Committee, alongside former GEIR Presidents Detlev Brunhke and Christian Hartmann, coupled with his international and technical experience, made Marco an excellent fit for this leadership position.

As new GEIR President, Marco committed to further the successful work undertaken by his predecessor. In that regard, he is already rolling-up his sleeve so as to contribute to a decisive technical study on waste oils which conclusions will feed in the European Commission’s related feasibility assessment, meant to determine if the EU should establish a waste oil regeneration target. Commissioned by the Joint Research Centre (the scientific body of the European Commission), the study will be conducted by independent contractors over the next six months.

Marco Codognola, President, President, GEIR

Used oil regeneration represents an ecosystem which makes available regenerated base oils, enhancing the sustainability of the lubricant sector. In the next years GEIR will face few challenges and significant opportunities specifically related to the ongoing energy transition and the clear move toward a more sustainable industry. In order to allow members to be more actively involved in GEIR’s activities and to provide their own experience to the benefit of the association, GEIR has been recently reorganised into 4 specific areas: product safefy, technology- environment, sustainability, relationships-regulation. Each area has a lead coordinator plus a support team, appointed by members. A technical secretary will ensure coordination between areas, the President and the Steering Committee.

We notably expect these structural upgrades to facilitate and make our engagement with EU policymakers even more efficient than before. The first test will be with the European Commission’s Joint


Research Center (JRC) – the European Commission’s scientific body, which kickstarted officially in October its first study on waste oils treatment. The initial data collection exercise was presented to all relevant stakeholders, including GEIR, with a view to ask for their future collaboration. The gathered data and results will notably inform the Commission on the feasibility and need to promote further waste oil regeneration at EU level.

While being much involved with the JRC, GEIR is also closely monitoring the European Parliament’s activities. Its Environment committee is currently drafting a report on Circular Economy which will provide recommendations to the European Commission. Against the JRC study backdrop, reiterated support from the political institution to waste oils regeneration, and especially targets, will be timely.


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