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other stakeholder pressure, including employees, shareholders and investors.


UEIL is already committed to working on and supporting key elements of sustainability; - provide a calculation scheme to enable members to provide information regarding their carbon footprint on raw materials


- provide a hands-on approach (tool-box, checklist, etc) to measure and reduce carbon footprint along the Supply Chain


- highlight the in-use benefits of lubricants in multiple applications through the collection of case studies and testimonials


- Identify and communicate on different corporate reporting schemes


- Provide advice and information on product recyclability, waste management and circular economy


- Provide advice on corporate KPIs (including sustainability strategy development)


The survey will enable UEIL to validate these


EU policy updates from the re-refining industry


In the last two months, the European Union has been working on different pieces of legislation of relevance to the re-refining industry.


First of all, the European Commission has released legislative roadmaps, to revise the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations. This is the first step towards a legislative process which, as envisaged in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, aims to revise EU chemicals legislation in a targeted manner towards a more sustainable approach.


The entire recent proposals for updating or proposing new regulations, as envisaged by the Green Deal, are focused on increasing the role of sustainable processes and products in the European economy: this is an opportunity for the re-refining industry and for circular economy in general. GEIR will follow with particular attention all these processes and will give its contribution to the public debate and will


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actively participate in all the consultations of interest to present its best practice in circular economy as a contribution for decarbonisation in a life cycle assessment approach.


Besides this, as announced in the Green Deal, the Commission will propose a revision of EU measures addressing pollution from large industrial installations in 2021. Re-refining is part of the scope of this legislation. In this context, an impact assessment of the Evaluation and Revision under European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Regulation has been launched, followed by a targeted stakeholder consultation to which GEIR submitted its feedback. GEIR’s main comments to the targeted stakeholder consultation include the proposal to focus on the most relevant pollutants, in a cost-benefit approach.


commitments and identify additional areas where companies need more help.


Some organizations and companies are well on their way in developing and implementing their sustainability strategy, for others the journey is just beginning. The thought of developing a sustainability strategy can seem daunting but it should be remembered that organisations and companies are free to define their own route-map.


The lubricants industry will be faced with many challenges and it will be a continuous journey of enlightenment, requiring cooperation along the entire lubricants supply chain and through collaboration with other industry associations.


We look forward to sharing the output of our survey with UEIL members and the wider lubricants community in the near future.


LINK www.ueil.org


LINK www.geir-rerefining.org


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