All methods of transport whether they be ,cycling, driving public transport or flying have some effect on us and our environment,. Polution is the obvious and main concern, we at petrolnews.co.uk would like to suggest the following more environmental options:
Most vehicles use a combustion engine to provide motive power. In use, within a combustion engine, chemical reactions take place between the hydrocarbons of the fossil fuel, the fuel additives and the gases that naturally occur in the atmosphere. These processes include oxidation of the fuel, which produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO). Nitrogen from the air is also oxidised to nitrogen oxides (NOx). Partially burnt and unburned fuel is present in the exhaust gases forming a complex cocktail of hydrocarbons (HCs) such as methane (CH4) and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzene and 1,3-butadiene. Particulate matter (PM) is also produced and is especially prevalent in diesel exhaust. Some pollutants are also produced away from the vehicle – for example, ground-level (tropospheric) ozone (O3) is formed by the chemical action of sunlight on emitted VOCs. Find out more here.