Renewable Matter # 06-07 / October-December

Metamorphosis of a Consortium in a Changing Waste Economy

by Paolo Tomasi

Over the last 30 years, the ability to face changes has resulted in the collection of more than 5 million tonnes of used oil, the regeneration of 2.5 million tonnes of base oil, €3 billion saved on petrol imports, and the avoidance of 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Such results have been achieved thanks to the ability to change.


Since its creation over 30 years ago, one of the Italian Mandatory Consortium for Used Oils’ assets has been the choice of its legal structure. The COOU has a private-law corporate structure, binding all major players in the lubricant industry: from large oil companies to the businesses regenerating used oils and trading lubricants. The Consortium is publicly controlled...

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