Renewable, alternative energy products
In the field of fuels, Petrol's policy is environmentally-friendly, while respecting all sustainability criteria. Our actions are, and will continue to be, proactive in the introduction of alternative fuels, but at the same time respecting the economic rules and financial sustainability that apply to companies.
We reduce transport fuel emissions with various measures, namely:
- with additional fuel additives - this contributes to lower consumption, which is the result of more optimal engine performance and, consequently, cleaner combustion processes. This reduces both CO2 emissions and harmful substance emissions (CO, CH, NOx) due to combustion.
- By using biofuels and fuels that have lower emissions than petroleum fuels - this mainly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the entire unit of fuel life cycle (factor expressed in g CO2/MJ). Such alternative fuels include liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas for the propulsion of vehicles
- using conventional fuels with additions of biofuels.
Diesel fuels: Today they mostly contain up to 7% (V/V) of biodiesel. Although it has a slightly lower energy value, the effects of its use on the emissions generated are positive. Thereby the whole carbon footprint should be taken into account, not just the emissions produced by the combustion engines.
Gasoline: reduction can be achieved through the use of bioethanol.
This can be added to gasoline in direct form or in other more stable forms (e.g. as BioETBE). Considering the fuel supply system in Slovenia, which does not have its own fuel production, the use of biofuels in the form of added “BioETBE” is more appropriate and logistically less demanding.
In 2017, we certified the sustainable supply of biofuels through the International Voluntary System ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), which means a documented and traceable path from raw material production to finished product. Traceability is ensured through mass balancing and the requirement to respect sustainability criteria across all links in the production and supply chain.
At Petrol we started with additives to all our fuels years ago, which has the effect of reducing fuel consumption (lower CO2 emissions) and lower emissions of other environmentally harmful compounds (CO, CH, NOx, particulates, etc.). In 2018, we continued to intensify the blending of biofuels into petroleum fuels at all our outlets.
At the end of 2019, an “intelligent” upgrade of the existing Q Max Diesel fuel was introduced on the market: Q Max iQ Diesel, developed for all consumers and diesel engine motorists, no matter the technological advancement or age of their vehicle. When compared to standard diesel fuels, the composition and improved additives mixture of the new fuel allows for, in addition to other improvements, a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.