Environmental aspects of the use of lubricating oils and alternative energy sources on the way to improve transport sector of the world economy


УДК 621.43:621.892

Zolotov V.A. (FAE «The 25th State Research Institute of Himmotology of Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation»)

Экологические аспекты применения смазочных масел и альтернативных источников энергии на пути совершенствования транспортного сектора мировой экономики

Keywords: transport, electric vehicle, toxicity, fuel economy, automotive engine oils, lubricants, oil viscosity, engine.


The article presents some features of new technologies in the field of improving transport and its inherent environmental aspects of the use of lubricating oils and alternative energy sources in modern conditions of development of the global economy. Transport enjoys a predominant share in the consumption of lubricants in the world market and in fact about 57 % of the world production volume is used in this sector of the economy.

In accordance with global trends, the design development of traditional reciprocating internal combustion engines is carried out in conjunction with the development and implementation of environmental requirements for them in the largest economies in the world — European Union standards (Euro-7), India (Bharat Stage VI — the equivalent of Euro-6 standard) and China (China 6 is a more stringent version of the Euro-6 standard), aimed at reducing exhaust emissions. Actual additions to the SAE J300 classification include relatively low kinematic viscosity of oils, which allows engine manufacturers to meet the requirements of environmental standards that regulate emission of particles with exhaust gases and fuel economy — reducing fuel consumption.

The advent of electric vehicles is having an increasing impact on transport and energy infrastructure. This long-term trend will also affect the manufacturing sector, where demand for traditional lubricants is expected to decline. The transport market today is making progress towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing fuel economy. Despite this, further investments by the automotive industry in improving the design of piston engines around the world are declining, and the supply of new engines for car manufacturers after 2021 is predictably reduced.


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