As part of the project, the lubricant formulations and thickeners developed are tested for their ecological footprint under aerobic conditions.
To do this, we use the life cycle assessment methodology defined in the international standards ISO 14040 and 14044.
A major challenge is the early assessment of processes that are still under development. In this project, we utilise expert assessments and simulations in order to carry out a realistic evaluation.
Today, plastic emissions into the environment are not taken into account in life cycle assessments. Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed a method to estimate the potential environmental impacts of plastic emissions based on their degradation time in the environment: Methodology to address potential impacts of plastic emissions in life cycle assessment | The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
The project is investigating whether the data collected on degradability can be included in the ecological assessment.