TÜV Rheinland validates ATIEL and UEIL's Carbon Footprint Methodology
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TÜV Rheinland validates ATIEL and UEIL’s Carbon Footprint Methodology

On November 30, 2023, ATIEL and UEIL announced that TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH has validated their ‘Methodology for Product Carbon Footprint Calculations for Lubricants and Other Specialities (Revision 1)’. This endorsement confirms compliance with international standards, marking a first in the lubricants, grease, and specialties industry.

UEIL represents the European lubricants industry’s interests, focusing on SMEs and independent companies crucial for the automotive and industrial sectors. ATIEL, the Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry, represents the combined knowledge of leading European and international engine oil manufacturers and marketers.

TÜV Rheinland operates globally, with a presence in many countries, offering services that help companies comply with regulatory requirements, improve product quality and safety, and enhance their market competitiveness. The organization is known for its rigorous testing procedures and its commitment to upholding high standards of safety and quality.

Development and review of the methodology

The methodology, developed by a task force of UEIL and ATIEL members, external advisors, and Carbon Minds, underwent a thorough review by TÜV Rheinland. The review process assessed the methodology’s alignment with the requirements of ISO 14067: 2018 and the GHG Protocol Product Standard. TÜV Rheinland concluded that the methodology is scientifically based, reflects the state of the art, and is appropriate for assessing the potential climate change impact of lubricants and other specialities.

A milestone for the lubricants industry

This validation is a significant achievement for the European and global lubricants industry. It brings a new level of transparency and consistency to cradle-to-gate product carbon footprint calculations, a feat previously unattainable in the sector.

UEIL President Mattia Adani expressed delight at this milestone, emphasising the methodology’s importance for the industry. Marco Digioia, ATIEL president, highlighted the validation as a testament to their commitment to environmental stewardship and transparency, positioning the partners at the forefront of sustainable innovation in the lubricants industry.

The validated methodology document, Revision 1, is available for download from the ATIEL and UEIL websites. TÜV Rheinland recommends continual enhancement of the methodology in line with scientific, technological, and industry developments.