Lubricant spills can cause health and safety risks to the environment. Traces of these contamination can end up in the food chain and the global environment, thereby affecting us all.
To mitigate these harmful effects, voluntary labeling initiatives and certification schemes arose for lubricants that are likely to spill into the environment. These lubricants are usually found in environmentally sensitive application areas such as:
Following these initiatives, regulations were installed by various governments. Regulations such as the Vessel General Permit by the US Environmental Protection Agency advocates the use of Environmental Acceptable Lubricants (EAL). EAL lubricants use base oils and additives that are compliant with internationally recognized certification schemes such as the EU Ecolabel, Swedish Standard or German Blue Angel for their formulation.
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