ENOC opens Middle East’s first ‘green’ service station
Green station at Emirates Hills supports the sustainable development initiatives of the UAE .
January 7, 2011 11:18 by Rasha Reslan
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has launched the first ‘green service station’ in the Middle East at the Emirates Hills neighbourhood in Dubai. Underscoring the commitment of the company to the sustainable development initiatives of the UAE, the new eco-friendly service station has a range of unique features all aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the users.
Among the innovative green initiatives at the station are advanced technological devices to contain petrol fumes released at the pump, and a variety of other state-of-the-art systems, including solar-powered lighting, a ‘waterless’ car-washing system, new waste segregation systems, and design upgrades to reduce noise pollution.
Saeed Abdullah Khoory, ENOC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The first green station of ENOC complements the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to drive sustainable development with a focus on the environment.”
He added: “With the opening of the station, we are setting a trend not only in the UAE but also across the Middle East. We are encouraging Dubai residents to reduce their environmental footprints by using the green services we provide. The green station underscores the core values ENOC upholds, which includes a steadfast commitment to society.”
The station generates half of its energy requirements from renewable sources. The site uses Solar Powered Pole and LED lights, with a long life span of up to 50,000 hours and low voltage safe against electrical fire hazards. These lamps do not need to be replaced for up to 12 years. The service station will also use sensor type water taps and two-stage flush systems in the toilets.
Sustainable water features have also been installed to cut water consumption by a quarter. The new service station recycles carwash water and also provides customers the option to use a waterless car wash system, which cleans car without using a single drop of water.
The waterless car wash concept saves water and prevents detergents from polluting the environment with its new ‘No-Wet’ technique, an all-in-one eco-friendly car wash liquid. Made from all natural ingredients, the product does not contain petroleum distillates, silicone, abrasives, harmful chemicals or detergents that pollute water.
Zaid Al Qufaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Retail Business Stream of ENOC/EPPCO, said: “The ENOC ‘green’ station is the first of many eco-friendly stations that the company aims to build in the future. We are excited that we can lessen environmental impact every time customers use our services. Our trained staff will also encourage customers to take small but significant steps to adopt a greener lifestyle, by promoting recycling and using the waterless carwash.”
ENOC has also invested in an extensive training programme for its staff at the service station. Retailers have also been selected on the basis of their commitment to the environment. Al Qufaidi added: “We followed stringent procedures for the selection of our retail partners to increase the station’s sustainability.”
ENOC will also equip the new green service station with the latest waste management systems, including a garbage segregation system that provides colour coded bins for easier recycling. Moreover, all the furniture used will be from recycled materials, and used lubricants oil will be collected and disposed
The green service station reduces noise, through an integrated sound barrier on the compound wall. The station will also feature a centralised vacuum system to support power conservation and reduce waste and noise.
ENOC’s environmentally-friendly engine oils PROTEC Green for gasoline engines and VULCAN Green for diesel engines will be available. Both are designed to ensure longer life span for vehicles and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The green Very Low Sulfur Diesel (VLSD) will also be available at the service station. This innovative diesel contains 10 times less sulfur than the standard one, which means a cleaner engine for cars and a cleaner environment.
Other key environmentally-friendly products include Hiclone fuel-saving devices. When installed on the vehicle, Hiclone improves fuel economy and engine efficiency while helping decrease air and noise pollution. Hiclone can decrease carbon footprint by 60 percent, as it reduces incomplete combustion and harmful emissions. It can also enhance the towing efficiency, reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent, and add 10 percent to the car’s power. Moreover, the uniform movement of the pistons minimizes engine noise and prevents abnormal abrasion.
In addition, ENOC’s new service station will only use biodegradable plastic bags, like all the existing ENOC/EPPCO service stations.