April 24, 2015

AdBlue® by Yara – contributing to cleaner air

You may think that diesel trucks are heavy air polluters. And you are right – in principle. But they do not have to be. Yara’s reagent – AdBlue® – reduces harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines by up to 90 percent.

Road transport significantly contributes to air pollution, especially in highly populated areas. The burning of fossil fuels releases hazardous nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), which are harmful to human health and the environment, causing ground-level smog and acid rain.

With the help of selective catalytic reduction technology, Yara’s AdBlue® urea reagent helps reduce toxic diesel exhaust fumes by converting NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water vapor. For more information see Yara’s Q1 presentation (PDF, 1,28MB).

As the world’s population grows and economies expand, road transport will increase. Authorities have recognized the threats posed by air pollution and are increasingly tightening emissions legislation. Truck manufacturers are also assuming their responsibility and are increasingly installing emission abatement technology.

“When the economy grows that requires more trucks on the roads and that means also higher consumption of AdBlue,” says Yves Bonte, Head of Yara’s Industrial segment, which develops environmental solutions for the automotive industries. “We deliver AdBlue to fleet operators, retail operators and to truck manufacturers like Volvo and Scania.”

Yara estimates 2.5 billion litres of AdBlue will be delivered in Europe this year. By 2027, it is expected that 60 million cars will require AdBlue®.

A high quality product

Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses has chosen Yara as their preferred partner in emission abatement. More than 12,000 Scania trucks travel Norway’s roads. John Lauvstad, Director of Communications and Branding in Scania Norway explains why his company has chosen AdBlue as a reagent.

“For many years we have been working hard to reduce NOx emissions and particles in order to find a good and reliable solution for our customers,” says Lauvstad. “Today, we use AdBlue to treat exhaust and reduce emissions,” he says.

AdBlue is produced from the purest urea and monitored along the entire value chain to ensure the higher product quality. This is vital to our customers as any contaminants could compromise their NOx reduction system.

“We need to make sure that our product is the best they can get and to be certain of this we need a supplier like Yara that we can trust throughout the entire value chain,” Lauvstad says.

AdBlue makes a significant contribution to reducing air pollution. The reagent is developed and sold by the environmental solutions business unit, which forms part of Yara’s Industrial segment. The Industrial segment is an important profit contributor, registering a 13 percent annual growth in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) since 2011. In the first quarter the Industrial segment rose 11 percent versus the same period in the prior year. Industrial margins were also higher compared with a year earlier. For full details of Yara’s first quarter results, take a look at the press release and the report.

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