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The use of lubricating grease on moving parts is essential to save energy and to diminish friction and wear. Since the grease used is consumed and may leak to the environment it is vital to use an environmentally adapted grease, especially in outdoor applications. Therefore, a Swedish standard has been drawn up that sets environmental requirements.
The examination done by RISE covers the environmental properties of lubricating greases in accordance with section 5.2 of Swedish standard SS 155470. From an international perspective, the environmental requirements, as given in Section 5.2 in the standard, are rigorous and signify that the base fluid in the lubricating grease should be biodegradable, with minimal aquatic toxicity. Further an examination of chemical compounds with sensitising properties is required.
The standard does not include any technical requirements as the performance is specified based on the area of application, but information about the technical properties, etc., of the lubricant is available from the suppliers. The products on the list are used in a wide range of applications, including universal lubrication, rail lubrication, lubrication for heavy forestry machinery and, in central lubrication systems for trucks and other vehicles.
Historically, the list has been called the "SP list" and was established by the project "Ren Smörja", which was started by the City of Gothenburg in 1998 in consultation with the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI). These criteria have been elaborated and are now a part of the Swedish Standard "Lubricating Grease – Requirements and Test Methods – SS 155470". After an international hearing the standard was issued in 2002 and the official English version 2004.
Expertise at RISE examines products regarding the environmental requirements in Swedish standard 155470, "Lubricants, industrial oils and similar products (Class L) Specifications for family X (Lubricating grease)".
The examination is based on documentation that the client of the review is responsible for providing. The technical performance level is set by the standard and is fulfilled by self-claim by the manufacturers.
RISE also examines hydraulic fluids, and that list is available here.
The list is only published in pdf format on this website and is protected by copyright, which means that it may not be published in its entirety or as an excerpt without citation of source.
The list, which is only published in pdf format here, is protected by copyright, which means that it may not be published in its entirety or as an extract without indicating the source.
The current list of lubricating grease that meets the environmental requirements of Swedish standard SS 155470 can be downloaded via the link on the right.
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Assessment of environmental properties according to SS 15 54 70
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