With our efforts to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from our business operations into the atmosphere, we help preserve the quality of outdoor air.
Emissions of volatile organic compounds are generated by vaporisation of volatile components in fuel transfer and storage, particularly of petrol. To reduce such emissions, Petrol has implemented measures in all three essential elements of petroleum product distribution chain: storage, transport, and sales.
In accordance with statutory requirements, Petrol’s liquid fuel storage locations are equipped with closed system for fuel transfers to above-ground reservoirs and for filling road and railway tankers. All our renovated and above-ground reservoirs are equipped with internal floating membranes, additional seals between the membrane and reservoir walls, and fixed free-standing aluminium roofs, which very effectively reduce emissions into the atmosphere. All storage units where fuel is handles are additionally equipped with vapour recovery units. Reservoir walls are painted with a white reflective colour to prevent heating of fuel reservoir surface, thus reducing emissions. Such systems of above-ground fuel reservoirs comply with the BAT Guidance (Best Available Technique on Emission from Storage) and ensure compliance with the provisions on target value of losses that do not exceed 0.01 percentage by mass of pumped petrol.
Closed fuel transfer systems are installed at our Petrol service stations. In accordance with the regulation, the first level of vapour recovery is implemented in fuel transfer from road tankers to underground storage reservoirs at a service station.
The second level of vapour recovery is used in the closed transfer system of fuel into vehicle tanks. In 2017, over 50% of service stations use the second level of vapour recovery. All service stations with the latest petroleum pumps are equipped with second-level vapour recovery systems.