Bio-Lub Canada, developer of antifriction treatments and solutions for the ecological and biodegradable degreasing industry, has earned the first CarbonFree certification in the industry for its BLC-530 form release oil from Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International. The company previously earned CarbonFree certification for its BLC-710 biodegradable hydraulic fluid.
To earn CarbonFree certification, Bio-Lub Canada underwent a detailed life cycle assessment to measure the carbon emissions produced from its form release oil products sold worldwide. To achieve carbon neutrality for the products, it offset the per-unit carbon footprint through investment in third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry carbon [offset projects] [http://carbonfund.org/projects]. These carbon offset projects are supported through the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a nonprofit and developer of the CarbonFree Product Certification program, the first-carbon neutral product label in North America.
“Form release oils have the potential to introduce dangerous chemicals into the environment. Bio-Lub is leading its industry in producing safer, nontoxic and low environmental impact alternatives for the concrete industry. CarbonFree certification takes this commitment a step further by offsetting the carbon emissions of Bio-Lub’s manufacturing and distribution operations, making its BLC-530 form release oil a more sustainable product,” said Tom Bruursema, sustainability general manager, NSF.
The CarbonFree Product Certification program uses life cycle assessments (LCAs) to determine the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over a product’s entire life cycle. GHG emissions (expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents) that cannot be reduced or eliminated from the product’s life cycle are offset or ‘neutralized’ with third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry carbon offset projects.
A carbon offset is a verifiable reduction in carbon emissions somewhere in the world other than where the emission is generated. These external reductions offer clean energy transformation (e.g. wind, solar), carbon sequestration (e.g. forestry) and cleaner technology (e.g. energy efficiency). The projects also offer a range of co-benefits including conservation, clean water, job creation and innovation. Credits are generated when a project is verified and registered – allowing companies to purchase these credits and offset the emissions produced in the manufacturing and use of their products. These credits are then permanently ‘retired’ on behalf of the product/company.
CarbonFree certified products earn the use of the CarbonFree mark along with being listed in the Carbonfund.org online product certification database. The CarbonFree® mark can be found on a variety of products today, including foods, beverages, electronics and apparel.
“Bio-Lub is committed to environmental stewardship and helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals through providing them with safer, nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives. Earning CarbonFree certification allows us to apply this commitment to our entire operation by investing in credible, third-party verified greenhouse gas reduction projects,” said Daniel Leblanc, chemist, Bio-Lub Canada.
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