ExxonMobil recently announced that its global network of lubricants blending and packaging plants has received the Zero Waste to Landfill Silver validation from UL. The company’s lubricant operations are successfully diverting over 90 per cent of the waste produced in its global plant network from local landfills. More than 50,000 tons of waste produced per year is being redeployed into new, productive uses that will bring greater value to the environment and economy. This demonstrates the commitment to reducing environmental impacts and enables commercial and retail consumers more sustainable choices. To achieve the validation, the company implemented a range of waste diversion techniques and strategies across its lubricant production network. Specifically, it identified 14 types of waste produced at these facilities that could be avoided entirely, reused or recycled.
On accomplishing the goal, ‘Protect Tomorrow, Today’, Bennett Hansen, Global Lubricants, Marketing Director, ExxonMobil, demonstrated, “Customers and consumers can feel confident that they are making Mobil lubricant purchasing decisions, which help to fulfil their personal and business goals, including choosing partners that share a commitment to reduce environmental impacts.”
Elaborating on this, Alberto Uggetti, Vice President & General Manager, UL, commented, “The program’s rigorous validation process is designed to recognise companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways. ExxonMobil has implemented a comprehensive, far-reaching program that meets this rigour and reflects its commitment to operating in an environmentally responsible way.”
UL’s waste diversion validation programme monitors and measures material flows in and out of facilities. It provides an objective basis for quantifying waste diversion rates so that consumers can assess claims and make meaningful comparisons between waste diversion rates among competing organisations more accurately.
To achieve these results, ExxonMobil engaged UL in a rigorous, multi-year process, which included readiness assessments, pilot programs, extensive examination of documentation, and on-site practices for final validation. From operations, research and engineering to marketing and sales, each team played an integral role to help achieve the validation.