Regeneration is the only sustainable way to recover used oil, as a scarce natural resource is recovered and brought back into the market
Regeneration is a recycling process that removes contaminants and produces base oil ready to be used for fresh new lubricants, converting a residue into a fully operational raw material.
If the legislation does not prioritize the regeneration, making it compulsory to regenerate, used oil producers and other stakeholders will look for short-term economic profit selling it as industrial fuel instead of the long-term environmental benefit resulting from its regeneration.
Catalonia is the only Spanish region that, since 1993, has targeted the regeneration of 100% of the used oil produced in its territory rejecting any other means of recovery. The results are successfully contributing to reducing air emissions and littering.
- It reduces the greenhouse effect and CO₂
- Oil is not a renewable energy source. Regeneration increases the lifespan of a scarce natural resource.
- Used oil can be regenerated indefinitely. Burning it after a single use is not sustainable.
- Regeneration benefits those areas in the world which do not own or have oil sources.
- To obtain the same amount of fresh and new oil through a regeneration process, 2/3 less energy is consumed in comparison with oil originating from an oil refinery.
- Regenerated base oils have at least the same quality as first refine oils.
- Regenerated oils can be mixed in any proportion with oil from first refines preserving its quality specifications.