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Biolubricants website

The aim of this biolubricants.eu is to increase awareness, acceptance and the use of environmentally friendly lubricants in the Netherlands and beyond.

By providing general information, gathering and exchanging user experiences and reporting on new developments, the initiators of this website intend to stimulate the use of biolubricants.

Biolubricants.eu provides information to all consumers of lubricants, specifically to product developers, manufacturers and suppliers of lubricants, government purchasing agents and building contractors’ technical staff. This website provides helpful information on switching to and using loss lubricants and hydraulic fluids of reduced toxicity and improved biodegradability compared to their mineral-based counterparts.

Lubricants and hydraulic oils can –as a consequence of leakage loss- cause soil and groundwater pollution. This does not only endanger our flora and fauna, but also our drinking-water supply. Such leakage may occur when bulldozers, tractors, forestry and dredging machines, chainsaws and other equipment are used in ecologically sensitive areas. Hydraulic fluids are also used to lubricate the mobile mechanical parts of hydraulic engineering objects, such as the cylinders in bridges and sluices.

Under the terms of sustainable procurement, the Dutch government has drawn up a number of criteria for the procurement of products and services. A number of these criteria relate to the use of environmentally friendly alternatives to lubricants and hydraulic fluids.

Biolubricants.eu provides general information on:

This website also offers non-committal advice on environmentally friendly lubricants. Furthermore, it offers advice on replacing conventional products with biolubricants. 
The website provides purchasing officers and authors of purchasing-criteria with information on how sustainability demands for lubricants may be incorporated into criteria.

Commitment to sustainability does not stop at development and use of new biolubricants. Durability performance may also be improved by taking the following options into consideration:

  • prolongation of the life span of lubricants and systems,
  • emission reduction of lubricants to the environment,
  • cost reductions due to decreased maintenance intervals,
  • improvement of lubrication properties and energy efficiency,
  • storage and standardisation,
  • collecting and recycling oil and grease.

These subjects, however, will not be elaborated extensively on this website.

Suppliers and the organisations listed under Knowledge and Information can offer advice on the possible application of biolubricants in specific situations.

This website is incidentally maintained and supported in cooperation with IVAM UvA BV. Questions and feedback may be sent via the Ask a Question section. If you have ideas or information which could lead to the improvement of this website, please contact us.

Biolubricants.eu was created to promote the application of biolubricants and hydraulic fluids in order to decrease pollution of our soil, groundwater and surface water. This goal will hopefully be achieved by sharing knowledgeThe website is intended to achieve this by sharing knowledge about biolubricants and hydraulic fluids and their methods of application. User-experiences relating the successful application of biolubricants and bio hydraulic fluids may persuade more consumers to start using these products. The focus of this website is on the application of biolubricants and hydraulic fluids.

In general, conventional fossil raw materials are not featured on this website, since information on that subject is widely available. In practice, some applications may call for the use of conventional or innovative mineral products over biolubricants, because of specific technical performance requirements, and cost, toxicity and biodegradability considerations. For more information, see the section on preconditions for external contributions to the website.

The information on this website is subject to a disclaimer.