The term "biolubricant" applies to all the lubricants that are both readily biodegradable and non-toxic to humans and aquatic environments. A biolubricant can be:
- plant oil-based (e.g. rapeseed oil),
- or derived from synthetic esters manufactured from modified renewable oils or from mineral oil-based products.
Several eco-labels are used to distinguish those products from conventional lubricants. The eco-label released in 2004 is the most commonly accepted, and TOTAL has chosen to use it for its products. The major research facilities implemented over the last 10 years have helped upgrade "eco-friendly" products into ever more efficient formulas, comparable today with those of the conventional bases derived from petroleum.
Biolubricants now offer us a viable alternative in response to the growing concerns of environmental and sustainable development.
TOTAL's commitment focuses in particular on product safety, the operations involved in manufacturing them, and lack of impact on the environment:
- Development of biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products
- Safety of the processes involved and the transportation of the products, management and prevention of the risk of accidents
- Control of emissions to air and water, reducing the risk of accidental pollution
- Control of the impact of products on the environment throughout their life cycle, protection of biodiversity