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European Re-refining Industry section of UEIL
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In June 2017 GEIR published the latest study entitled "Ecological and energetic assessment of re-refining waste oils to base oils: Substitution of primarily produced base oils including semi-synthetic and synthetic compounds” - IFEU (Nabil Abdalla, Horst Fehrenbach).
The study provides an update of the Life Cycle Assessment study (LCA) of 2005 (IFEU, Fehrenbach), taking into account the most recent data, the current state of technology/products, and the utilization of waste oil into account.
The most relevant reason for the difference versus the study of 2005 lies in the change concerning alternative utilisation. Back in 2005, a relevant share of waste oil was used as a fuel in cement works – and cement works predominantly use diverse types of coal as a standard fuel and different kinds of waste.Today, the cement work option is of marginal relevance (3%) when it comes to waste oil utilisation in Europe. The reference system has been adapted to the current scenario, which is treatment to fuel oil vs. regeneration to base oils.
IFEU2017 Study Quote:
"In summary, we found that the regeneration of waste oil for the recovery of base oils is considerably advantageous, especially in terms of resource depletion and relief from environmental burdens. This study underlines the results of 2005 and enhances the previous conclusions, stating that an advanced regeneration technology shall be the favoured way to keep waste oil as long as possible as high-graded material within the circular economy. In brief: this LCA supports the higher ranking of regeneration versus energy recovery according to the waste hierarchy required by EU policies.”
The study is available for download on the following website: http://www.geir-rerefining.org/GEIR_documents.php#ODoc
GEIR has communicated about these recent LCA updates to the industry and to EU policy-makers, and there has been interesting and positive feedback on the results of the LCA.
Waste Framework Directive revision
The revision of the Waste Framework Directive is still the main priority of the European Re-refining Industry Association (GEIR). The European Parliament in plenary confirmed the regeneration target for waste oils at 85% by 2025 from the waste oils generated in the market. Member States also adopted their mandate for negotiations. Their position includes new reporting requirements on waste oils collection, and they also ask the European Commission to assess the feasibility of setting such a target by the end of 2020.
Negotiations between the European institutions started at the end of May with a view to reaching an agreement by the end of 2017. The regeneration targets are likely to be discussed in September or October. GEIR will continue advocating for the inclusion of waste oils regeneration targets in the revised directive and will monitor closely legislative developments.
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