Episode 33: Standardizing Sustainability: Unpacking API Technical Report 1533
Good morning, and welcome to another episode of the F+L podcast. I’m your host, Vicky Denton, and today we’re joined by Jeff Harmening, a senior program manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API). This is Jeff’s second time on our show, and we’re thrilled to have him back.
Jeff is part of API’s global industry services group and has been instrumental in the creation of a technical report that API recently released. This report, known as TR 1533, focuses on the life cycle assessment for lubricants, a topic of growing importance in our industry.
The journey to TR 1533 began in June 2021 when API’s lubricants group established a sustainability work group. This group was tasked with gathering subject matter experts from all stakeholders in the lubricants value chain. These experts, from oil marketers, base oil manufacturers, re-refiners, and lubricant additive companies, worked tirelessly to assemble the framework for TR 1533.
Their hard work and dedication, coupled with a rigorous meeting cadence, allowed the group to prepare a draft for ballot with the API lubricants group in just over a year. The result was the publication of TR 1533 in May 2023.
The report is available on the API website, accessible free of charge.
The full title of the report is “Lubricants Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting Methodology and Best Practice.” To download the report, click here.
Tags: sustainability, lubricants industry, API, Technical Report 1533, carbon footprint, lifecycle analysis, industry standards