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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Sweatpants, cars, dummies, coffee, packaging in any case and much more – products have to be environmentally friendly. Lubricants too. Mostly, the focus is on CO2-emissions during production, a low consumption of energy and selection of raw materials. Very often, it is hard to balance requirements and impacts. Therefore, we at FUCHS are using the power of Life Cycle Assessment to analyze the environmental impact of our products. For instance, we are calculating the so-called Product Carbon Footprint to determine the impact on climate change from cradle to gate, including all Greenhouse gas emissions from the raw material acquisition to our outbound gate. We even think bigger and extend our analysis beyond our factory gate to demonstrate the environmental benefit of our lubricants in their application phases through an improved efficiency. Thus, LCA enables us to provide a holistic view on our products' life cycle from the raw material acquisition to the products' end of life, from cradle to grave, by considering several additional environmental impact categories, besides climate change. This enables FUCHS to take more balanced decisions and avoid burden shifting from one to another environmental impact category.
Comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of two Engine Oils for Passenger Cars1
In this study, the environmental performance of two engine oils, a standard 5W‑30 and a low viscosity 0W‑20, were analyzed and compared over a lifecycle of a passenger car2, together with BASF as a partner.
Cradle to grave covering all relevant aspects such as exploration of raw materials, production, distribution, as well as the products use- and end of life-phase.
Functional unit: Assurance of normal operation provided using engine oil, of a 4-cylinder gasoline engine with two liters displacement over 200,000 lifetime kilometers of a passenger car.
LCIA-Method: Environmental Footprint 3.0 (EF 3.0)