In the effort to be green,
UK Government has unwittingly unleashed
a new, invisible pollution problem
on forecourt owners
The problem of environmental
Ethanol and BTEX pollution from forecourts
will get worse over time as the %
of bio matter in fuel increases.
Filtering oil and water is pretty
straightforward. But what
if the really dangerous pollutants hide
themselves in the water?
A scientific breakthrough means £200
is the difference between
forecourt biofuel protection
and biofuel pollution.
BTEX are particularly destructive contaminants.
When they hide in water they become
a formidable environmental enemy.
The Biofuel Paradox
The push towards biofuels from the UK Government and the wider EU has presented forecourt owners with an unexpected pollution problem.
With rising global pressure to increase our use of sustainable fuels, there’s a growing reliance on biofuels to help power our vehicles. EU legislation means that the mandated percentage of ethanol or FAME in each litre of fuel will continue to rise in the coming years.
Whilst this is good news for the planet, there’s an unintended consequence that may impact on the environment we are trying so hard to protect, creating The Biofuel Paradox.
"The method we’ve embraced to protect the environment is leading us to harm it."− Mark Calvert, CEO Adler and Allan
The problem lies in the chemistry taking place at the barrier that protects fuel spillage and leaks from leaving the forecourt and entering the watercourse.
Standard fuel separators were designed before biofuels were part of the protection equation. Based on the science of separation, they work by retaining or evaporating floating fuel and allowing rainwater to pass through the collector and drain away. However, with the addition of ethanol to the fuel mix the chemistry changes. And with that change harmful BTEX – the lethal contaminants benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene – are introduced into the water.
It happens because ethanol has a propensity to join water when it is present and disperse within it. This wouldn’t be a major issue, except the BTEX in fuel also follows the ethanol into the water, when ethanol is present. This renders the traditional oil / water separation process useless at preventing the nastiest contaminants from leaving forecourts hidden inside the water, and out into the environment.
The risk of The Biofuel Paradox to forecourt owners, fuel companies, insurance companies and the environment is serious and pressing. Please see below to find out more and visit the FAQs page to learn more about The Biofuel Paradox and what can be done.