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Bio-Lub Canada Inc. recently earned the first Carbonfree certification for bio-hydraulic fluid from Carbonfund.org and NSF Sustainability, a division of NSF International. As a result, industries that utilize hydraulic processes, such as automobile, construction machinery, excavation, farming, forestry and others, now have access to an environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral ISO 46 hydraulic fluid.
By earning Carbonfree certification for its BLC-710 bio-hydraulic fluid, Bio-Lub will be able to help environmentally conscious organizations reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The bio-hydraulic fluids are made from vegetable oils derived from a renewable source and are also USDA certified as 96-percent biobased under the BioPreferred program.
"We at Bio-Lub are excited that our BLC-700 series is the first eco-friendly hydraulic fluid in our industry to be certified worldwide as Carbonfree by NSF International and Carbonfund.org," said Michel Cordeau, CEO of Bio-Lub Canada Inc. "Bio-Lub products are designed for superior performance and low environmental impact, and Carbonfree certification is just one more way to validate our commitment to environmentally preferred products."
To address its products' environmental impacts, Bio-Lub Canada underwent a detailed life-cycle assessment to measure the carbon emissions produced from its bio-hydraulic fluid products. To achieve carbon neutrality for the products, Bio-Lub offset the per-unit carbon footprint through investment in third-party-validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry carbon-offset projects. These carbon-offset projects are supported through the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading nonprofit and developer of the Carbonfree Product Certification program, the first carbon-neutral product label in North America.
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, etc.), sequestration (e.g., forestry) and clean technology (e.g., energy efficiency). The projects also offer a range of 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.
"Using environmentally friendly ISO 46 bio-hydraulic fluids such as Bio-Lub's is particularly important for sensitive environmental applications such as farming and marine dredging," said Tom Bruursema, NSF Sustainability's general manager. "By earning Carbonfree certification, Bio-Lub is taking its commitment to the environment a step further through offsetting the greenhouse gasses made when producing and distributing the products."
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.
For more information, visit www.carbonfund.org.