Nov 15, 2023

Unveiling a silent threat: Need to tackle refueling emissions for cleaner air


Article published Nov. 4, 2023, by ETAuto

New Delhi: Any discussion about emissions ultimately ends up in vehicular emissions ultimately ends up in vehicular emissions, particularly the one from the burning of fossil fuels, which are a major source of air pollution in many urban areas.

At the recent international conference organized by the Emission Control Manufacturers Association (ECMA), Dr. Terry Lathem, Manager of Government Relations at Ingevity Corp, USA, delivered a keynote address that illuminated a pressing environmental concern – refueling emissions. In an interaction with ETAuto following the presentation, he engaged in a critical discussion on this often-overlooked aspect of emissions control.

The discussion with Dr. Lathem began with a critical question about controlling emissions at their source in countries like India, where vehicular emissions are a significant concern. In response, he emphasized the importance of addressing not just exhaust emissions but also evaporative emissions, which occur when vehicles are not in operation, such as when they are parked or refueled. He stressed that evaporative emissions can be as significant as exhaust emissions and, therefore, deserve regulatory attention.

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