In June 2019, ATIEL,has released the results of a study into the contribution of engine lubricants to improved vehicle fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The study, produced by independent Global Engineering & Environmental Consultancy, Ricardo, highlights both the direct and indirect impact advanced lubricants can have across the automotive transport sector. Their ability to deliver improvements in mechanical efficiency (reduced friction) has made a significant direct contribution to reduced emissions, including CO2 emissions. The less engine friction, the less energy is required to move the car, the less fuel is burned and the fewer emissions are created.
DUCC members understand that the Commission’s Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) combined with the need for a faster approach to the substitution of the most hazardous chemicals will drive decision making process. At the same time, discussions on this topic and any potential decisions on what will be recognised as an “essential use” will be of highly political nature with unavoidable socioeconomic consequences.consequences.
ACEA 2021 updates the Light-Duty Sequences to replace old engine tests that have reached the end of life, to allow a continuation of the engine oil development process for vehicles already in market. The new tests run on more up to date engine hardware but allow oil marketers to continue to supply oils with proven field performance.
ATIEL , organised with ATC, the Technical Committee of petroleum additive manufacturers, a workshop dedicated to regulatory requirements for chemicals within a global market. The main goal of this encounter was to highlight the compliance challenges and to discuss best practice solutions in meeting the diverse requirements of national authorities across the world.