Shaping a common industry approach to future challenges

Corporate - 23 August 2021

Infineum’s Jacquie Berryman recently became President of a major European industry trade association.

Voted for by her industry peers, Jacquie proudly became President of The Additive Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe AISBL (ATC).

The ATC was established to bring members together to discuss technical and statutory topics of industry concern and develop common approaches.

It has a long history of leading the industry in areas of Health, Safety and the Environment and for providing strong technical input to performance test development and, with other industry partners, in providing input to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) in the area of specification development.

Jacquie believes ATC will need to adapt to key industry trends like globalisation, electrification and digitalisation and she is particularly excited about bringing ATC’s history of industry leadership to the topic of sustainability.

Recognising the industry’s need for common understanding, ATC set up a Sustainability Sub-Committee in September 2019, with the aim of delivering harmonised approaches and methodologies for calculating sustainability data and ways of working effectively with partners along the value chain.

When asked, what success would look like at the end of her two-year term as president, Jacquie said: “A common industry approach to carbon footprint and Life Cycle Assessment, recognised for its robustness and benefit to the entire value chain, would be a good outcome.”

This approach could facilitate informed discussions with suppliers, so lubricant marketers can ask the right questions to understand what the provided sustainability data mean. Having quality information should then enable informed product purchasing decisions.

From a supplier perspective, a common approach to sustainability data would bring improved certainty of industry expectations and any differences from the norm could be established upfront.

Progress and accountability against these metrics, over time should improve the energy efficiency of products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Another good outcome, would be for all stakeholders to value the work of The Coordinating European Council on the development and maintenance of high quality performance tests for our industry”, added Jacquie.

Repeatable, reliable and field relevant test data will allow lubricant marketers to compare and consider product quality.

We wish Jacquie all the best in her new role!

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