The environmental problem that Argo is trying to remedy concerns the use of synthetic mineral oils for pre-treating transmissions and engines, since the environmental impact of these lubricants is very high (energy consumption, production of CO2 and water pollution: just one litre of oil is sufficient to pollute one million litres of water).
A few statistics:
– 1156 kg CO2/Mg of oil for the production of synthetic lubricant oils
– 676 kg CO2/Mg of oil for regenerating synthetic lubricant oils
28 million tons of CO2: the estimated CO2 production in 2010, against 41.7 million tons of synthetic lubricant oils (the data refer to Europe alone)
– +2,3%: estimated annual increase in the demand for lubricant oils
Moreover, use of synthetic lubricants in transmissions and engines creates microenvironments subject to high pressure, high temperatures and contamination from metal debris.
About 20% of the lubricant used in these operations is lost and dispersed in the surrounding environment.
In addition, synthetic lubricants are usually made from dangerous substances.