Updating the study
Ecological and energetic assessment of re-refining waste oils to base oils
The European Waste legislation gives preference to waste treatment options that deliver the best overall environmental outcome. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the commonly used instrument to identify such options. There is a large number of LCAs dealing with waste oil treatment. One of these LCA studies was performed by ifeu on behalf of the GEIR (Fehrenbach 2005), and policymakers still refer to that study published more than ten years ago. Considering the current state of technology, the original set of data has to be regarded as outdated taking the actual state of technical practice into account.
Hence, the goal of this study is to provide an updated and forward-looking view on the environmental aspects of regeneration of waste oil. The conclusions of the earlier study refer to the situation of the last decade. They shall be amended to reflect the current situation. Information regarding the regeneration processes draws upon the conditions practiced at four leading companies operating in Europe. Please register and download articles.