News HSE Committee Update

The meeting of the HSE Committee in January took place once again as a webconference. However, we hope to have a physical meeting later this year. One topic discussed was the REACH review process in light of the new EU green deal. Amongst others, the Commission is primarily focusing on the following three issues: essential uses; persistent, mobile and toxic, and endocrine disruptors criteria; and mixture assessment factors. These will most certainly impact the lubricant industry. “Essential uses” means that substances of concern may be used only in certain applications, but it is still unclear who decides what “essential” means. Worse still, the Commission has categorised substances into different groups, e.g. all kinds of per- and polyfluorinated hydrocarbons will be assessed together even though the individual compounds differ widely in their chemical properties. The mixture assessment factor is an attempt to assess the risk of mixtures for both the environment and humanity instead of a single substance assessment. Before the next meeting in May, the HSE Committee will have a discussion with EU representatives to learn more about these ideas and to establish what they will mean for the lubricant industry.

Technical & Competition Committees’ Update The Technical and Competition Committees’ latest meeting was held on the 27th of January, during which they discussed the ongoing work on the 21 cases currently open.

On the advocacy side, the Committees participated in a public consultation launched by the European Commission on the evaluation of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation. The consultation, which opened on 12 October 2020 closed on 25 January 2021.

The Committees have also been in regular contact with the European Commission and national experts


in charge of the adoption of the draft Delegated Regulation amending Annex X of Regulation 2018/858 (on approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers) to express their position on the file.

In both cases, the Committees emphasised once again the importance of guaranteeing proper and timely access to technical information for independent lubricant manufacturers.

Sustainability Committee Update The newly created UEIL Sustainability Committee held its first meeting of the year on the 11th of February. On this occasion, all of the Committee’s working groups and sub-groups gathered to exchange information on the latest activities carried out and to discuss next steps.

When it comes to environmental policies, the Raw Materials working group will be focusing its efforts on developing a calculation scheme to enable members to provide information on their carbon footprint, and to provide members with a toolbox to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. The Energy Efficiency working group will focus on product lifetime improvements, product efficiency and improved performance, carrying out a series of communication activities including the gathering of testimonials and positive case studies, and the development of a lexicon and infographic.

The Society & Economy working group also presented an ambitious action plan including a series of educational and awareness campaigns. Lastly, the Communication working group shared its progress on the update and population of the UEIL website, as well as a couple of initiatives related to the collection of members’ sustainability journeys.

The Committee will meet again on the 29th of April.

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