Need for more communication on “green” base oils – Peugeot

19 February 2014 21:49 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--There is a need for more communication on the subject and definition of “green”, an industry speaker from France’s Peugeot Citroen said on Wednesday at the 18th ICIS World Base Oils Conference.

“There is confusion between ‘bio-sourced’ and ‘biodegradable’,” said Sebastien Vautier, global lubricant specialist for Peugeot Citroen.

This confusion can lead to what is described as "savage drains" -- basically meaning that the oils may be drained from the vehicle in a non-environmentally safe fashion if the consumer misunderstands the labelling.

The speaker pointed out that Peugeot supports the introduction of bio-based lubricants, but stressed that this is if "green" is considered to be bio-based oils, not only the additives.

“And, the product must have superior performance, especially in fuel economy,” he added.

The Peugeot speaker was called upon to bring an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) perspective on the subject of defining and clarifying the use of the term “green” within the lubricants industry.

The 18th ICIS World Base Oils Conference is being held 19-21 February in London.

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By Judith Taylor