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Sustainability Committee update – June 2022


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Markus Garb (FUCHS) as the new Chair of UEIL’s Sustainability Committee.

Markus Garb is the Vice President Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer at FUCHS PETROLUB SE. He is a passionate driver of sustainability standards in the lubricants industry. With an academic background in Mechanical Engineering, Markus began his professional career in the automation industry with experimental robotics in the area of baggage handling. Entering FUCHS in 2003, Markus has since spent 16 years in Automotive Lubricants Product Management for FUCHS Schmierstoffe GmbH, starting with application-focused technical roles, first on engine oils, followed by transmission fluids and successively assuming management roles such as European and Global Product Manager Automotive. Since 2019 Markus Garb works for FUCHS Petrolub SE and in May 2020 he took over responsibility for FUCHS’ corporate sustainability activities.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our former Chair Christine Fuchs for her outstanding leadership over the last 2 years.

Markus had the pleasure of representing UEIL as a panel speaker at the ATIEL Technical Seminar in Brussels on 22nd June; Lubricants and Sustainability: together to the green transition, and at the 26th ICIS World Base Oils and Lubricants Conference on 27th June; Getting Serious About Sustainability.

John Eastwood, the Shepherd for the UEIL Sustainability Committee Communications Working Group has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee. John is Head of Global Business Development (Energy Technologies) at Croda. Now in his 35th year in the lubricants industry, John was delighted to be invited to make a presentation on the work of UEIL’s Sustainability Committee at the Lube Sustainability Conference 2022 (May 25th). This presentation can be found on the UEIL Sustainability website.  

In February, the Environment Working Group: Production and Logistics launched an initiative entitled ‘Company CO2e Value Guideline’ with a supporting toolbox, to enable UEIL and non-UEIL members alike to calculate their corporate carbon footprint. The toolbox is hosted on the UEIL Sustainability website and the WG would very much welcome feedback on the toolbox. In the meantime, the WG continues to make preparations for a training webinar planned for the summer.

The Sustainability Committee is also pleased to report that two new white papers have been published on the sustainability website; ‘Understanding the product carbon footprint of lubricants’ and ‘Circular Economy’. Several White Papers have been published already and more are in the pipeline to be published before the end of the year.

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