Materials Science

Perstorp pro-environment polyols enable lubricant formulators to sharpen sustainability profile

Switching from mineral oils to polyol ester base oils using a new generation of Pro-Environment Polyols can significantly reduce the cradle-to-grave environmental impact of synthetic lubricants. Perstorp’s renewable Penta, marketed as Voxtar, for example, reduces the carbon footprint by up to 80%.

Recently launched the new Perstorp range of Pro-Environment Polyols (PEP) includes renewable and part-renewable grades of Penta, TMP and NEO under the product brands Voxtar, Evyron and Neeture. As drop-in solutions, they can directly make a positive environmental impact on polyol ester base oils.

Products that use synthetic lubricants, such as cars, planes, transformers and refrigerators must already comply with stiff environmental and safety regulations. However, the new Perstorp Pro-Environment Polyols represent a major opportunity for lubricant formulators and OEMs to get ahead of the pack and considerably sharpen their sustainability profile.

Growing consumer maturity and demand for pro-environmental solutions
Growing consumer advocacy and demand for greater sustainability is a growing global trend. With a watchful public, it is more important than ever that companies make and take the right environmental choices whenever viable opportunities arise. Perstorp’s new Pro-Environment Polyols represent a clear environmental opportunity with no commercial downside. OEMs and producers opting for synthetic lubricant formulations using the new generation of Pro-Environment Polyols will also gain a fast and sustainable marketing advantage. Taking up that option is good for brands, consumers and the planet.

Dual efficiency: no compromise between performance and environment
Primarily, performance efficiency is the key driver for machinery and motors in the selection of synthetic lubricants, but now you can have your cake and eat it. By switching to Pro-Environment Polyols lubricants can be formulated to give uncompromising and precise technical performance with the benefit of a much lower carbon footprint.

“Polyol esters are already a great choice for synthetic lubricants as they not only come with high-performance efficiency, but they are also safe and biodegradable.” Says Andreas Nilsson, Market Segment Manager for Synthetic Lubricants at Perstorp. He continues: “Now that choice has become even better. By using our new Pro-Environment Polyols, you can shrink your carbon footprint and ensure engines continue to contribute to a lower environmental impact throughout their operational life.”

Easy to switch to and customers get priority
There is little effort required in switching from fossil-based polyols to renewable polyols as they are identical molecules. Customers who “sign-up” will get supply priority, as Perstorp is keen to help customers to go pro-environmental. Perstorp’s renewable and part renewable polyols are all ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) certified under the Mass Balance concept, which confirms sustainable sourcing and the contribution towards CO2 reduction of the certified molecules.

Perstorp extending their pro-environment polyol advantage
As the leading supplier of base polyols to the lubricant market, Perstorp is extending its environmental lead with the introduction of Pro-Environment Polyols too. The company currently devotes 80% of its R&D resources to finding innovative sustainable solutions, and all its Swedish plants are running solely only renewable electricity.

Andreas Nilsson concludes: “Perstorp is keen to ensure the responsible sourcing of renewable raw materials, using only renewable electricity in processing and that our products contribute to greater sustainability. We’re committed to helping our customers in the lubricant value chain to reach their environmental goals wherever we can, and we believe our new Pro-Environment Polyols are another important step to helping them achieve those goals.”