Sustainable – a new way of being

I am heartened by the sustainability initiatives that we, as an industry, are embracing. There is a real sea change going on within our sector, much of which is being driven by regulation and legislation (not a bad thing in my opinion).

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a clear point of reference from which UEIL’s Sustainability Task Force is developing a more specific strategy for a sector which is already doing a great deal to innovate and drive growth, whilst working to reduce the impact on our planet, society, environment and economy.

It’s so easy when faced with the bigger picture, the relentless daily news images of out of control wild fires, polluted seas and oceans, decimated forests and habitats, growing humanitarian poverty and rising population, to be overwhelmed. What seems a monumental challenge can deter us from taking any action simply because we don’t believe we can make a difference; but even the most precarious, unknown journeys, begin with a single step.

Which is why I am so encouraged by the number of lubricant companies underpinning their sustainability strategies with a cradle to cradle holistic approach, looking at their lifecycle commitment and to solutions that minimise carbon footprint, both upstream and downstream; from sourcing raw materials, the manufacturing process, through the supply chain, packaging, transportation and distribution channels to in-use impacts and ultimately to the end of product’s life and how it is recycled/re-refined/re-used. What is crystal clear is how inter-connected we and our behaviours are. And how we are all responsible for taking that single step.

A number of our articles reflect these considerations: alongside Automotive HDDO articles from Afton and


Lubrizol, on pages 10 and 14 respectively, we also examine some of the innovations and regulatory guidelines around lubricants packaging in this issue, including NIS Gazprom’s Dr Srjdan Sokolovic’s report on ‘Ecolabeling and recycling of lubes packaging for a greener environment’ (see page 30).

On page 25, Argent Energy R&D Manager, Martin Kingsley explores the use of Alternative Feedstocks as Renewable and Bio-degradable Lubricants in this issue’s Lube Tech. As always we feature regular reports from UEIL and VLS; in this issue, Kline’s Local Report by Vera Sandarova features the ASEAN market, and on page 40, James Moorhouse of ABN Resource highlights the economic and cultural value of a diverse and inclusive workforce. And on page 50 my guest interview is with Petra Bots, General Manager of OilDoc Academy.

With signs that life is gradually moving forward to a more ‘normalised’ second half of 2021, the autumn schedules are beginning to bustle with activity. There are a number of hybrid and physical conferences, seminars and congresses in our events calendar (page 49). Travel is beginning again, and there is a sense that we will all be taking that tentative single step sometime soon.

Stay well! Until next time...

Andrianne Philippou,

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