What’s GEIR?

Used lubricating oils represent the largest amount of liquid, non-aqueous hazardous waste in the world. GEIR member companies are active throughout Europe in supporting the collection of used oils and re-refining these back to valuable lubricant base oils.
GEIR (Groupement Européen de l’Industrie de la Régénération), the European Re-refining Industry section of UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricants industry), is located in Brussels.



It is of primary importance that one meets the actual needs in human activity by using the necessary resources and raw materials, without compromising the reserves in the long term, the needs of future generations and the quality of the environment.
The re-refining industry is entirely integrating this philosophy of sustainable development in its daily business. To save valuable raw material by re-refining used oil and turning it into a valuable raw material for the lubricants market, the quality of which can be compared to that of virgin base oils.
GEIR defends the interests of the re-refining industry and promotes a sound exchange of information on technology trends, health, safety and environmental topics as well as economic and legal aspects of the industry and collects and publishes relevant data. Quantities of waste oils produced and types of renewed products offered by its member companies are part of it.
For this reason, permanent contacts are maintained with the European official bodies as well as with all private and public organisations that are showing interest in the very actual and crucial issue of the waste oil.


What we do

Position papers

GEIR position paper on the Waste Framework Directive revision – June 2016

GEIR response to the public consultation on the modernisation of European public procurement rules – May 2011

“Clean, Clever and Competitive: why the recycling of waste oils must remain an EU policy priority” – May 2008

“The need for a recycling definition in the Waste framework Directive” – Dec 2005

“An Environmental Review of Waste Oils Regeneration” – Nov 2004

Other documents

SUMMARY: Ecological and energetic assessment of re-refining waste oils to base oils: Substitution of primarily produced base oils including semi-synthetic and synthetic compounds – August 2018

Revised Waste Framework Directive, 2008/98/EC – Nov 2008

GEIR in Brussels: EU activities – Oct 2008

Okopol Paper; “Increasing world market prices- driver for high level recycling!? – May 2008

“Questionnaire on used oil collection and utilization in 2006” – Feb 2008

GEIR Case Study for Greece – Dec 2007

Life Cycle Assessment for Waste Lube Oils – Sept 2005

“Ecological and energetic assessment of re-refining used oils to base oils: Substitution of primarily produced base oils including semi-synthetic and synthetic compounds” LCA study, Ifeu Institute Heidelberg (Germany) – Feb 2005