The carbon footprint of the lubricating oil affects the carbon footprint at the site where it is used. For this reason, reducing the carbon footprint before use gives a green advantage to the lubricant. In the lifecycle of the lubricant from the source to the waste, the production stage is highly important for carbon management.
Carbon footprint of the lubricating oil can be reduced with resource efficiency by using the cleanest technology available at the production stage from base oil. The concept of efficiency in production processes is best indicated by resource assessment in the input-output context. In other words, efficiency means achieving the same output by using the minimum amount of raw material, water and energy, or producing more and better quality product from the same resources. Clean production refers to the continuous application of a holistic preventive environmental strategy in processes, products and services to increase production efficiency, reduce risks to people and the environment. When a producer manages its resources efficiently, it achieves economic benefit, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and fights against climate change at the highest level. Managing energy in production means managing carbon.
We, the Sustainable Production and Consumption Association (SPCA), announced 19 institutions and firms as Low Carbon Heroes this year, where 42 projects competed. Shell’s Lubricant and Grease Plant in Derince displayed the best performance in energy management and became the first “Low Carbon Hero” in this sector by reducing its carbon footprint. You can read about Shell’s success in this issue. This is important not only as a technical success but also as a social responsibility project. Children with disabilities have been provided education support through green funding from waste heat recovery. By reducing the carbon footprint, great contribution has been made to our beautiful globe as well as to the future of our children.