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Jeff Robson from Flotech, an Adler and Allan company, looks at the options

Controlling volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions resulting from the storage of petrol and its distribution through vapour recovery systems, such as those employing carbon adsorption, was cemented into legislation in 1996. As most units are now 16–25 years old, owners are likely to be looking to upgrade or decommission them. However, with the need to diversify energy infrastructure in the race to net-zero, it can be difficult to justify the cost of managing ageing hydrocarbon infrastructure.


It was estimated that in 1988 the evaporation of hydrocarbon vapour during the transportation of petrol from refineries to service stations resulted in 128,000 tonnes of VOC emissions in the UK alone. As a result of this, EU Directive 94/63/EC, and under the BAT conclusions for the refining of miner...

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