CONOU, the National Consortium of Waste Oils, is the excellence of the Italian circular economy that transforms used lubricating oils from waste into resources.
The Consortium is a model at the forefront in the international field: in Europe only 60% of collected waste oils are re-refined, while in Italy this ratio is about 99%. This process is able to guarantee various benefits such as:
Lower CO2 emissions
Reduced water and soil consumption
Lower costs in Country energy bill
The consortium collects, manages and regenerates used lubricants all-over Italy with excellent results, close to 100% circularity. CONOU coordinates about 70 companies spread on the Country to collect oils, sort it in their own facilities before sending it to the various disposal or recycle plants.
The Consortium is a typical example of public-private cooperation; representatives of the Ministries of Ecological Transition and Economic Development sit on the Board of Auditors (supervisory body).
A flagship of the Italian green economy, CONOU not only collects used lubricants which are sent to the rerefining industry as a priority, but also plays a key role in informing and raising public awareness on the circular economy and the proper management of waste mineral oils.