In Europe, 50% of the lubricating oils end up as managed waste and the rest is either burned or exposed to the environment. In 2017, Europe consumed 6.8 billion litres of lubricants therefore, 3.4 billion litres ended up polluting the environment being a potential cause for animal and human diseases or deaths. Moreover, the global numbers reach 36 billion litres of lubricating oil consumption. Thus, there is an urgent need for a global shift from mineral lubricating oils to environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) to meet the UN sustainable goals. Switching from conventional base stocks to EALs can cause new challenges. One of the most important challenges is poor function of the additive packages in the EAL, which are designed and formulated for conventional lubricants. In this webinar you will learn:
What EALs are
Their current challenges (economical and technical)
Future prospects for a greener lubricant technology
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About the speaker:
Prof. Nuria Espallargas
Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, NTNU
Nuria Espallargas is Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering NTNU, Norway. She has 20 years of research experience in surface engineering, chemistry, and tribology. Since 2011 she is the NTNU leader of the Norwegian Tribology Centre. Her scientific interests are surface chemistry and engineering, lubricants, tribocorrosion and nano-tribology. Her recent research focuses on environmentally acceptable lubricants, especially on water-based and green lubricant additives.