ATIEL and UEIL form joint sustainability committee for green initiatives

ATIEL and UEIL form joint sustainability committee for green initiatives

ATIEL and UEIL have announced the formation of the ATIEL & UEIL Joint Sustainability Committee, a collaborative effort to address key environmental and legislative challenges, including those posed by the European Green Deal. This new committee was officially established during an inaugural meeting held on June 13, 2024, in Brussels, Belgium.

Union of the European Lubricants Industry (UEIL) represents the interests of the lubricants industry in Europe, focusing on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and independent companies producing lubricants and metal processing fluids essential for the automotive and industrial sectors.

The Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry (ATIEL) is a non-profit association representing the combined knowledge and experience of leading European and international engine oil manufacturers and marketers.

The Joint Sustainability Committee will be chaired by Markus Garb representing UEIL and co-chaired by Mika Kettunen representing ATIEL. It will initially focus on several crucial areas: Product and Corporate Carbon Footprint, Lubricant Use-Phase (including Avoided Emissions), End-of-Life (including Circularity), and Eco-Design for Sustainable Products.

Case study: Standardised methodology for PCF calculations

UEIL and ATIEL developed the world’s first standardised methodology for calculating the product carbon footprint (PCF) of lubricants and other specialty products, in response to increasing demand for product carbon footprints. This initiative was independently validated by TÜV Rheinland and aligns with the European Green Deal’s objectives.

A task force, including members from UEIL and ATIEL, external advisors, and data analytics company Carbon Minds, created a harmonised cradle-to-gate PCF methodology. Published in November 2023, this methodology ensures transparency and consistency across the supply chain, allowing industry actors to analyse and reduce the carbon emissions associated with their products. TÜV Rheinland’s validation established this methodology as an international standard.

Leadership comments

Mattia Adani, president of UEIL, emphasised the collaborative effort: “Through the development of the methodology for calculating PCFs for lubricants and related products, we have demonstrated that together, UEIL and ATIEL can bring enormous expertise and value to both the European and global lubricants industry. Together we will be stronger in representing the interests of the lubricants industry and bringing benefit to our members and society as a whole.”

Marco Digioia, president of ATIEL, highlighted the significance of the initiative: “With this initiative, we aim to leverage the combined expertise and resources of both organisations with the purpose of addressing critical sustainability challenges. The development of the ATIEL and UEIL PCF methodology is a clear demonstration of the value of bringing together experts from both UEIL and ATIEL.”