Jun 30, 2005
EU's Euro IV environmental requirements will also apply to Norway and will comprise all new heavy vehicles on the road. Each year thousands of heavy vehicles such as lorries and buses drive through towns and densely populated areas, resulting in substantial emissions of the environmentally unfriendly gases NO and NO2, also called NOx which may cause respiratory diseases. Regarding air pollution in large cities, it is believed that NO2 and airborne particles are the most detrimental to health.
Today, Yara and Hydro Texaco opened Norway's first filling station for AdBlue in Oslo. During the next 2-3 years the network of stations offering Yara's AdBlue solution will develop into a European wide network. AdBlue is a liquid that removes a high percentage of the NOx emissions from diesel engines with the aid of a catalytic converter. The secondary treatment of exhaust emissions converts harmful emissions into harmless water vapour and nitrogen that are natural constituents of the air that we breathe. The opening of the new AdBlue station in Oslo represents the launch of an environmental initiative that will result in cleaner air in those places where people live and travel. It will also make it easier for Norway to attain its national target of a 30% reduction in NOx emissions by the year 2010. When the EU Euro V emission regulations are implemented in October 2009, NOx emissions from new heavy vehicles must be reduced by 60% compared to present levels.
"This is primarily a red-letter day for the environment. By opening the first AdBlue filling station in Norway, we are ready to help the transport industry in complying with the EU's new, strict environmental requirements, resulting in cleaner air in areas through which heavy vehicles travel. Our ambition is to make AdBlue available throughout Europe, so that lorries and buses can easily become environment friendly in line with the new requirements," says President and CEO of Yara, Thorleif Enger.
Several interested parties, such as vehicle manufacturers and chemical companies, have joined forces to develop technology designed to meet the new environmental requirements. Most lorry manufacturers, such as Mercedes, Volvo, DAF, Iveco, Renault and MAN have opted for a technology that calls for an upgraded special type of urea fertilizer in order to reduce emissions. Yara is Europe's leading producer of urea, and the company has participated actively in the longstanding work undertaken to develop the environmental alternative that is now being launched across Europe. Already this year five new filling stations in Norway will be opened for Yara's AdBlue solution. These are included in a network of new filling stations which Yara and the company's partners have already opened in the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, and more will follow in the near future.
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Yara International ASA is the world's leading supplier of mineral fertilizers with particular strength in nitrogen-based fertilizers. Yara has a local presence in 50 countries worldwide. Yara sells more than 20 million tonnes of mineral fertilizers in more than 120 countries. Yara offers fertilizers meeting the nutrient needs of local crops supported by agronomic advice to make farming more profitable and agriculture more sustainable. Yara has a strong position in industrial markets in Europe as a supplier of nitrogen-based chemicals and is the leading supplier of liquid CO2.www.yara.com