Sustainability & environment

We are committed to protecting the environment and developing a green economy. Discover our sustainable initiatives – from green service stations to the reduction of toxic emission through alternative fuels.

Green service stations

Among the most significant initiatives undertaken by ADNOC Distribution are the environment-friendly Yas 1 and Yas 2 service stations, in the UAE capital’s Yas Island. Both stations are built according to the best international standards in green technology to preserve the environment and reduce energy and water consumption. They follow the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The ‘Vapour Recovery’ project

This initiative, which is in its final stage of installation, will capture and recover vapour from gasoline tankers, achieving a significant reduction in hydrocarbons, energy consumption and corrosion.

Gasoline evaporates and escapes into the atmosphere during the course of transportation and filling in tankers and vehicles at gas stations, leading to serious environmental damage as well as huge energy and financial losses.

NGV

One of our main drives is the ‘Natural Gas for Vehicles’ project – the introduction of an alternative vehicles fuel that significantly reduces harmful exhaust emissions from vehicles. We are encouraging car owners to convert to compressed natural gas (CNG) and improve the environment through significant reduction in toxic emissions. Harmful emissions, which contribute to air pollution, will be significantly reduced if more cars are switched to clean natural gas.

The NGV conversion is donein accordance with the highest European specifications and international standards. The project is being implemented in collaboration with relevant government agencies and advisory bodies.

CNG timeline

  • In 2008, ADNOC Distribution started the construction of compressed natural gas (CNG) distribution facilities at our service stations
  • The project is in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 to reduce carbon emissions; moving forward, 25 per cent of government vehicles are expected to run on low-emissions natural gas
  • The main advantages of switching to CNG are access to environment-friendly, oil independent resources that are safe, energy efficient and economical.
  • As the most economically viable fuel throughout the UAE, CNG also fully corresponds with Abu Dhabi’s climate and environment.

CNG environment-friendly advantages

  • Compressed natural gas is the cleanest burning fuel operating today. This means less vehicle maintenance and longer engine life.            
  • CNG vehicles produce lower emissions than any motor fuel.
  • Dedicated Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) ensure minimal or no emissions during fuelling. In gasoline vehicles, fuelling emissions account for at least 50 per cent of a vehicle's total hydrocarbon emissions.
  • CNG produces significantly less pollutants than gasoline.
  • Tailpipe emissions from gasoline operated cars release carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming. This is greatly reduced with natural gas.

The UAE’s ecological efforts and ADNOC Distribution’s NGV Project support sustainability on a daily basis - public transport, police and government vehicles are increasingly being fitted out to function on CNG. Acceptance of CNG as a viable alternative in private transport is also rising with growing environment awareness. As a result of CNG uptake in the emirate, air and noise pollution have decreased significantly.

CNG projects are increasingly gaining momentum in public, commercial and communal transport, thanks particularly to the establishment of a distribution network of ‘mother-stations’ and ‘daughter-stations’, guaranteeing the supply of CNG fuel throughout the UAE that is independent of the Emirates gas pipeline network.

In the first phase of the project, 17 CNG stations have been installed in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah. The second phase of the project will integrate five CNG stations in the network to include Ruwais in the Western Region. This CNG station already serves the requirement of Takreer’s CNG buses that operate within Ruwais and also between Ruwais and Abu Dhabi City, among other customers.

As an extension of Phase-2 of the project, 14 additional CNG stations have been commissioned and will be fitted out during 2015 and 2016. The new CNG stations will cover additional sites in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, focusing on the highways.