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So if we agree on realistic and reliable GHG default values for model formulations we are fine with that approach as we save much more in operation as we need for production? This was the first NaSch approach four years ago, but:


The European Green Deal and other legal and society driven requirements will have a strong impact on the European Lubricants industry – fixing any default values for certain materials in pre-chain or product is an important first step, but without any scope or rules for better individual figures it would block innovations and discriminates against those which are performing better.


Furthermore OEMs starts to require LCA (life cycle analysis) from their suppliers and carbon footprint becomes one relevant element in the procurement and tender process of companies.


These requirements demand clear, transparent and unified methods to calculate carbon footprint. Such a standard however does not exist and companies have started to determine their own CO2


footprint


for their products. Without harmonised calculation schemes this will result in various incomparable figures with enormous need for justification and explanation between the parties. It can even create unfair competition and demand for disclosure of formulations!


This can be called the Pandora box! In taking a holistic view of the resources (raw materials), processes, manufacturing, distribution, use phase and end of life of lubricants, we realise the complexity of this exercise – but solutions are possible – in terms of a joint data bank system:


Defined and agreed by those parties within the whole value chain, it is possible to develop the rules and create the data needed for such a system – the data base should be handled and updated by a non-profit legal entity that is controlled and certified. The system allows for an easy approach by using default values for any process stage. Innovations are promoted by validated figures, demonstrating the better performance.


Such a system creates transparent, reliable and accepted values – financed by all participating stakeholders and without doubt much less expensive than several individual calculations based on different commercial data bases and studies creating “Babylonian Language Confusions” and even stricter requirements from politicians and customers.


LINK www.vsi-schmierstoffe.de


OilDoc Conference & Exhibition – a Hybrid Event


The OilDoc Conference & Exhibition has been the meeting point for international experts and practitioners from the lubrication and maintenance industry since 2011. The next edition of the event will be held in Rosenheim (near Munich) from June 08-10, 2021 - naturally in compliance with all hygiene and safety regulations then in force. Numerous exhibitors and top-class international speakers have already registered. And of course participants who cannot attend “face-to-face” due to travel restrictions will not be left out: All live presentations will be video-streamed digitally from Bavaria to their workstations. Virtual participants will also have the opportunity to ask the speakers their questions and join in the discussion.


But regardless of how you participate: The international program planning committee has already published the high-class Conference Program including 60+ presentations, practial-oriented workshops and excursions.


The formal program will be enriched by excellent post-show activities like the get-together reception and the “Oktoberfest Reloaded”. The registration is now open. All information can be found on the event website.


LINK www.oildoc-conference.com


LUBE MAGAZINE NO.162 APRIL 2021


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