Whatever you call them – bio oils, bio lubricants or green lubricants, these environmentally 'acceptable' lubricants (EALs) are increasing significantly in their use, particularly where water is close-by. They have been used and approved in many countries, each issuing certificates of environmental compatibility. The emergence of the European Ecolabel has, in one certification, brought together a European-wide vision of many environmentally-friendly products of which lubricants, is one product sector.
Bio-oil is quickly becoming a popular fluid choice for every type of machinery, and for good reason. Rapidly biodegradable hydraulic oils are an integral part of sustainable environmental thinking and make an effective contribution to protecting the environment. The increasingly scarce and expensive crude oil reserves provide a further economic justification that lubricants from alternative sources can be used to a greater extent.
However, one of the biggest leaps of environmental legislation relating to lubricants in recent times was when the US Environmental Protection Agency introduced its second Vessel General Permit in 2013 changed one key word – MUST, instead of SHOULD.
Every ship operator navigating in or entering US waters MUST use Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in all applications with oil-to-sea interface, for example across sealing systems and, in 'open' (deck) applications where rainwater and sea spray can wash grease and oil into the sea/lake.
Biologically safe oils are often both biodegradable and non-toxic, so leaks and spills are more readily processed by nature with little or no harm to flora and fauna. While this may be true, the use of bio-oil in place of standard hydraulic fluid does not provide a hall pass for institutions to ignore their spills.
While a slow leak at a fitting dripping vegetable-based hydraulic oil will cause little concern, large spills still need to be reported. The advantage of using bio-oil is that environmental fines and clean-up costs are often reduced. However, one must consider that oil spill cleanups and fines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The extra cost of the bio-oil could be offset by a single future spill, and besides, protecting the environment from damaging and toxic hydrocarbons is a no-brainer. High effort should be expended in reducing the frequency of oil spills, especially near water. But if a regrettable spill does occur, you'll be glad you were using bio-oil.
Initially a negative point lies in the supposedly high prices in the beginning, especially if they were developed for high performance. However, if the calculation is run over the entire service life of the bio-oil, a positive picture emerges. Due to the much longer running times and reduced/not more necessary change intervals, there are high-cost advantages over the entire lifecycle of the product. Also from a technical point of view, bio-oils have an advantage today and lie in the high temperature and aging stability, very good wear protection and good compatibility with sealing materials, Coatings and hoses.
More recently, in January this year, the IMO Polar Code came into force, stating that 'discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any ship are prohibited', as are chemicals, sewage and garbage, unless meeting stringent controls.
The concern/understanding of environmental issues and the willingness of companies to strive to be as environmentally considerate as possible is growing significantly.
With critical pieces of vessels' propulsion, steering and stability equipment, dredging/offshore equipment and portside passenger/freight handling machinery relying on the performance of EALs for environmentally sensitive areas - or to comply with current (and future) legislation - the right selection of EALs is essential. For many applications, they have become indispensable from an ecological point of view. The saturated synthetic esters have proven to be suitable for long-term use and therefore do not represent an additional economic burden for the user - on the contrary. Bio-oils are also are also economically advantageous today.
• Bio oils are trendy. Public awareness in the 21st century has increased, and many decision makers are now aware of the problems that result from the use of mineral based oils. On top of that, international environment legislation urges companies to attach greater importance to sustainability. By buying bio oil instead of minaral-based oils, one can easily fulfil the highest environmental requirements.
• PANOLIN products are especially economical since they stand out with great longevity.
• PANOLIN is specialized in the production of lubricants used in the heavy-duty realm. All in all, if one buys products from PANOLIN, one gets an ecofriendly product of highest quality.
· Due to their longevity PANOLIN lubricants are affordable compared to mineral based oils. More and more companies and stakeholders become aware of green economics. More and more companies are willing to play their part in conserving the environment hence buy bio oil/green lubricants instead of mineral based oils.
· Bio-oil products outperform industry standards: lower operating temperatures, higher speeds, increased loads and improved friction modification. All these performance enhancements add significant value to customers' operations.
You should always consider purchasing your bio oil from PANOLIN. The company offers a wide range of green products if you want to buy bio oil. PANOLIN has been endorsed by numerous customers. The new giant flood gates of the Panama Canal, the London Eye Ferris wheel or Switzerland's Rhaetian Railway. They all bank on the rapidly biodegradable lubricants manufactured by PANOLIN. The latest test by Bosch-Rexroth, one of the world's leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, shows that these products not only fulfill the strictest environmental requirements, but also pass every stress test with flying colors.
Bio oil products from PANOLIN exhibit very good thermal oxidation resistance and shear stability, have excellent additive solubility and low temperature 'pour point' performance characteristics and meet all the current environmental requirements. With their long performance life and consistency of properties, fully saturated synthetic esters reduce operational costs by reducing maintenance requirements and enhancing equipment performance and life and ensure critical pieces of safety equipment are fully operational should the worst happen, in the worst of conditions.
PANOLIN bio products meet high ecotoxicity requirements and are certified with environment labels such as the EPA label from the US, ABS Type Approval, Cefas, HOCNF Labels, Korea Eco Label, The Blue Angel/Der Blaue Engel, Swedish Standard, USDA BIO PREFERRED, Rina Green plus, Prijatelj Okolisa, Ekologicky Setrný Výrobek or the EU Ecolabel.