UKLA President’s Report

The announcement of Germany’s Mechanical and Engineering Association’s opposition to the new Euro 7 emission regulation has caught some commentators by surprise.

Europe’s Green Deal, published in 2020, set the course for the region to embrace carbon neutrality and to enshrine this in EU law.

Although the Euro 6 emission regulation was first introduced in 2015 and strengthened in September 2017 with extended emissions tests designed to replicate on-road driving conditions, Dieselgate illustrated the dangers of regulations moving further and faster than technology could support.

Already the UK Government has announced the ending of the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Denmark has made its own proposal to the Commission to phase out the sale of internal combustion engines (ICEs) across Europe by 2030. A proposal to which the Vice-President responsible for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, is said to be sympathetic.

Vehicles account for 15% of the total emissions for Europe. The objective to enshrine carbon neutrality in European law necessitates if not a total ban, then certainly curtailing vehicles from city centres that cannot deliver zero emissions.

The big question is although most regulators are focused on ending the sale of ICEs and moving towards hybrid or pure electric vehicles, less thought has gone into the necessary infrastructure, urban charging points or electricity capacity necessary to support a move away from ICEs.

In Europe approximately 46% of people in the EU-27 live in apartments, so group charging solutions alongside road charging points at offices or factories, and Limited Access Highway service areas in addition to self-charging hybrids all need to form part of the overall mix if we are to avoid Dieselgate 2 in future.

Darren Frogson, UKLA President

UEIL President’s Report

After a period of resilience which has lasted longer than any of us could have imagined, it is now time to develop a strategy to grow in a post-pandemic business environment.

The pandemic crisis has acted as a catalyst for change in many aspects of life, and the lubricant industry was no exception. The crisis generated a sense of urgency that accelerated decisions and change. Remote working and digitalisation are prime examples of the changes that have happened at a pace which would have been unimaginable a year ago for a traditional industry such as ours.

This crisis challenged our beliefs and proved to us that we could do things differently yet still be successful. It tapped into huge creative and resilient potential. It is now crucial not to waste these learnings, but to build on them and embed them into new initiatives across our organisations. A study conducted by McKinsey shows that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be created. Change is unavoidable. Successful organisations should embrace change, re-imagine the way they operate and re-think their business models


to create the foundations for future growth – a future in which sustainability and the green economy will play a pivotal role. That is why the theme of this year’s UEIL Annual Virtual Congress will be “From business resilience to sustainable growth - Re-imagining the future of the

lubricants industry”. On October 20-21, 2021 we will cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from leadership in times of change to the EU Green Deal, from sustainable mobility to diversity.

The format will include a combination of key-note speeches, thematic roundtables and networking, to ensure maximum engagement for all participants and to provide a thought-provoking, stimulating and inspiring experience. The full program will be available on the UEIL homepage.

I look forward to seeing you there so we can contribute together to the growth of our industry!

I wish you all a safe and successful 2021! Valentina Serra-Holm, UEIL President

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