Yara's environmental solution for car emission-busting issue

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Dec 2017

THE Grimsby-area team behind an emission-busting fluid has won an environmental award for its innovative packaging.

Car manufacturers have turned to selective catalytic reduction technology to address the major NOx issue – brought into acute focus by recent testing scandals and reports – and it requires the AdBlue substance to operate.

Yara, a leading manufacturer of the high quality urea solution, anticipated the rapidly booming demand, and, twinned with the inability to fill-up on a forecourt, it led to the creation of a custom-designed container.

Now the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration has recognised it as a product that “had the biggest positive impact on environmental protection during the past 12 months”, awarding the Environmental Protection and Improvement Award at APEA Live 2017, the national conference, held in Milton Keynes.

The APEA draws membership from all sectors of the petroleum industry, including regulators from national and local government authorities, oil companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and many others.

As three-million vehicles hit European roads this year, all equipped with a separate tank for the fluid to address concerns over harmful NOx emissions, it could have led to a mountain of traditional canisters for retailers to dispose of.

Unlike lorries, where tanks are substantially larger, using the pump network is not an option as they would overfill in seconds.

The effective solution is demonstrated.

Consuming almost 200g less plastic than the alternative AdBlue canister – the pouch delivers a 74 per cent saving on a like-for-like basis. Patent pending, and featuring no loose parts or coupling devices, it dispenses the fluid “fast and effortlessly” into the tank. Once emptied, the pouch is completely flat.

Yara’s business manager in the UK, Paul Norman, said: “I am honoured that our new packaging solution has been recognised as an innovative and effective approach to the NOx emissions issue. The citizens of the UK, as well as elsewhere, have a right to clean air.

“AdBlue provides that – and packed in our pouch it does so leaving a minimal CO2 footprint.”

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The solution is delivered by vessel from the plant in Sluiskil, Holland, direct to terminal tanks in Immingham and Dagenham. Once there, road tankers have delivered to a network built up over the past decade, as European legislation kicked in.

The past five years the team at the UK head office, Harvest House on Grimsby’s Europarc, have seen a 134 per cent increase in volumes. Many drivers will be able to rely on a top-up at the annual service, but many won’t, and will have to head to retailers such as forecourt shops, dealer trade counters, car parts retailers and motor/lubricant shops.

Mr Norman added: “Compared to rigid canisters this is a major benefit for the retailer – who would otherwise be lumbered with virtual mountains of plastic canisters on their forecourts. And for society at large the benefit is equally meaningful – the pouch having minimal impact on landfills.

“Protecting the planet is Yara’s mission. With the pouch we have developed a means to manifest our mission in practice: Diesel cars emit less of the greenhouse gas CO2 than petrol cars. 

“With AdBlue by Yara the dangerous NOx is removed. And packed in a pouch it leaves less plastic. Less waste.”

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