Shell GTL Fuel a cleaner burning alternative

Shell GTL Fuel – a cleaner burning alternative   

Certas Energy is the sole distributor of Shell GTL Fuel (Gas-to-Liquid) in the UK.  This paraffinic fuel offers a cleaner-burning alternative for use in diesel engines.  Suitable for both on-road and off-road applications, it is aimed at lowering emissions and improving air quality.

Shell GTL Fuel has broadly similar physical characteristics to crude diesel derived from crude oil, but it has a much higher cetane number, a higher mass calorific value, lower levels of sulphur and aromatics, and a lower density.  It is a ‘drop-in’ fuel and can be used as a direct replacement for conventional diesel fuels.

The GTL technology enables hydrocarbon products to be manufactured from natural gas using the Fischer-Tropsch process which lowers local emissions of regulated pollutants: Particulate Matter (PM), Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and Hydrocarbons.

It has been classified as having health and environmental benefits due to it being harmless if inhaled, as well as the low risk of eye and skin irritation.

Why consider an alternative to diesel?

• As it stands, the UK will not comply with the legal limits set out in the Climate Change Act for air quality until 2025 and in London not until 2030 

•The health and environmental implications of high levels of NOx emissions and PM including the onset of Alzheimer’s, cancer and chronic heart and lung disease are a major national concern 

• There is a clear responsibility being placed on businesses such as transport operators and construction companies to protect the health and well-being of their employees 

• The introduction of Ultra Low Emission Zones in London by 2019 means that businesses with vehicles and off-road machinery operating in these zones will need to dramatically reduce emissions to comply with these new regulations

• From a CSR perspective, businesses are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are operating in a way that limits harm to the environment or population – reducing emissions is a key way to improving the sustainability of day-to-day operations

Certas Energy is committed to supporting our customers in making more responsible fuel choices and we believe that, as the world transitions to low emission energy generation, GTL Fuel will be part of the fuel mix that will be needed to power the future.

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For further information on GTL Fuel, please contact Rebecca Swann, Product Manager - Fuel and Services