Preservation of the Ozone Layer: A Guide for Drivers

16 September is International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

The Ozone Layer acts as an important shield surrounding the Earth’s atmosphere, which saves the planet and everything on it from harmful ultraviolet radiations (UV) rays from the sun.

If you want to take a step towards protecting the Earth's fragile shield, here are our top tips:

Go electric

Nitrous oxide is now the largest ozone-depleting substance released by human activities and it is produced in the internal combustion engine (ICE) that powers most cars. Unlike ICE vehicles, EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and therefore significantly improve air quality.

Upgrade your air conditioning

Few motorists know that the air conditioner in their vehicle may contain or emit chemicals proven to harm the Ozone Layer. These powerful greenhouse gases can escape during the vehicle's lifetime, servicing and at the end of the vehicle's life.

Drivers can help protect the ozone layer simply by ensuring they use a suitably qualified person to dispose of, repair or recycle their A/C equipment and comply with the duty of care for waste.

Refuel on an evening

Fuelling your car during rush hour and peak commuting times adds to the buildup of pollutants, so why not opt to fuel your vehicle later in the day to allow fumes to dissipate at a faster rate.

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