A delegation from the HSE committee attended the technical meeting in Seville on Ecolabel revision. Main changes are more tight limits on aquatic toxicity and biodegradation. Proposal is to extend the scope of the Ecolabel to 4 stroke engine oils and metalworking lubricants. Also, the use of re refined base oils for engine oil application is in the first proposal of the new ecolabel. These items were discussed and changes to the commission proposal were given later during online consultations. In a meeting of competent authorities end of March, first indications on the new ecolabel legislation are expected. The HSE committee will be present there.
Regarding the Commission proposal to protect workers from skin contact with used engine oils (mutagens and carcinogens directive), the HSE committee will closely follow the process and inform UEIL and local industry associations.
For biocides, consultation has been finalised and 3 formaldeyde releasers used in MWF will be classified as CMR due to their formaldeyde content. The risk assessment committee (RAC) will still fine-tune the proposal on formaldehyde releasers. Formal classification will be mandatory for all EU suppliers in Q4 2018. Replacement strategies are urgently needed.
On our next group meeting in Brussels we will also discuss a sustainablility assesment of the lubricant industry, originally started by VSI and presented during the last UEIL annual meeting in Berlin. Aim will be to asses the efficiancy of lubricant production to fullfill future requirements of OEM (regarding the overall carbon footprint e.g. of cars) and authorities as well as compare the efficiency and energy consumption of lube manufacturers.