API Publishes Report on Lubricant Life Cycle & Carbon Footprint Analysis

API Publishes Report on Lubricant Life Cycle & Carbon Footprint Analysis | THE SHOPThe American Petroleum Institute (API) has published a new report, API Technical Report (TR) 1533, Lubricants Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting – Methodology and Best Practice, which defines terminology and identifies industry-specific practices for life cycle assessment of lubricants and specialty products, the organization announced.

The purpose is to promote consistency in the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Carbon Footprints of Products (CFP) across the lubricants industry, the organization said. This publication aims to help to enhance customer confidence with product benefit claims related to sustainability.

“As sustainability has become a global focus across all industries, there is a need for the lubricants industry to have a clearly defined, consensus-based document capturing the broadly accepted terminology and methodology for life cycle analysis of lubricant products,” API Senior Program Manager, Engine Oil Licensing & Certification System (EOLCS) Jeffrey Harmening said. “Lubricant customers are increasingly asking lubricant marketers for sustainability metrics; developing guidelines for calculating metrics became a critical area for API to focus on as the industry seeks to reduce and evaluate greenhouse gas emissions.”

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