CarbonFree® product certification offers companies a method to quantify, reduce and neutralize greenhouse gas emissions

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA and TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Québec, Canada — Bio-Lub Canada, developer of antifriction treatments and solutions for the ecological and biodegradable degreasing industry, has earned the first CarbonFree® certification in the industry for its BLC-530 form release oil from Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International. By earning CarbonFree® certification for its BLC 530 form release oil (in 20-, 205- and 1000-liter packaging), Bio-Lub is helping environmentally conscious organizations reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Bio-Lub previously earned CarbonFree® certification for its BLC-710 biodegradable hydraulic fluid.

To earn CarbonFree® certification, Bio-Lub Canada underwent a detailed life cycle assessment to measure the carbon emissions produced from its form release oil products sold worldwide. 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.

“Form release oils have the potential to introduce dangerous chemicals into the environment. Bio-Lub is leading its industry in producing safer, nontoxic and low environmental impact alternatives for the concrete industry. CarbonFree® certification takes this commitment a step further by offsetting the carbon emissions of Bio-Lub’s manufacturing and distribution operations, making its BLC-530 form release oil a more sustainable product,” said Tom Bruursema, NSF Sustainability General Manager.

“Bio-Lub is committed to environmental stewardship and helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals through providing them with safer, nontoxic and biodegradable alternatives. Earning CarbonFree® certification allows us to apply this commitment to our entire operation by investing in credible, third-party verified greenhouse gas reduction projects,” said Daniel Leblanc, Chemist at Bio-Lub Canada.

How the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program Works

The CarbonFree® Product Certification program uses life cycle assessments (LCAs) to determine the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over a product’s entire life cycle. GHG emissions (expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents) that cannot be reduced or eliminated from the product’s life cycle are offset or ‘neutralized’ with third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry carbon offset projects.

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), carbon sequestration (e.g. forestry) and cleaner technology (e.g. energy efficiency). The projects also offer a range of co-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.

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.

To learn more about the CarbonFree® certification, contact Dennis Gillan at sustainability@nsf.org or 734-476-2543, or visit Carbonfund.org and NSF International’s websites.

About Carbonfund.org Foundation: Carbonfund.org is a leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact and hasten our transition to a low-carbon economy. Carbonfund.org supports innovative renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects globally that reduce carbon emissions and help people in local communities. Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 corporate and nonprofit partners. More at www.carbonfund.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. Product assessments include testing and certification for more sustainable consumer and commercial products. NSF is also an approved testing laboratory (under ASTM D6866) for conducting biobased testing. Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF also develops sustainability standards for products such as carpet, flooring and other commercial building materials.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 environmental management systems registration and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.

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NSF International
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