Penrite Enviro Box today’s solution for a better tomorrow…Clean diesel technology the way to spend VW trust fund…

Penrite Oil Company is claiming ‘a first in Australia’ following the release introduce a new dispensing system that is kind to the environment, decreases packaging wastage, increases bulk lubricant storage capacity and workplace safety and most importantly, saves money. It’s a big call, but the Penrite Enviro Box certainly seems to live up to it thanks to an innovative ‘bag-in-a-box’ concept whereby the lubricant is packaged in a bladder bag, housed inside a recyclable cardboard box, as opposed to the traditional plastic drum.

The lubricant can be extracted by simply filling up a six litre jug and pouring the liquid into a vehicle, pneumatically pumped directly into a vehicle, or hand-pumped directly into a vehicle and the 100% recyclable packages are stored on a dispensing stand or trolley.

Considering the many thousands of 20-litre plastic drums disposed of each year, Penrite claim that the new product will result in an 85% reduction in landfill waste per unit produced when considered against the many thousands of 20-litre plastic drums disposed of each year.

The company has also has partnered with leading waste management company Cleanaway to provide a simple option for disposing of the empty bladder bags. With workshops currently spending up to $100 per fortnight – $2600 per year – on the disposal of empty plastic 20-litre drums, this service could offer significant cost savings for workshops. It also eliminates the hassle and risk of injury associated with crushing, cutting and disposing of empty plastic drums.

As to be expected, Penrite’s general manager Toby Dymond is pretty excited about the whole thing:  “The total practicality of the Enviro Box system cannot be understated. Workshops can now order their own selection of Penrite lubricants to suit their most frequent servicing requirements, thereby ensuring that the right lubricant for the right application is on hand at all times.”

Each Enviro Box features a ‘litres used’ recorder that notifies the users when it is time to reorder, or when the packaging is empty.

“As the Australian car parc becomes increasingly complex and the applications specified by OEMs increases, having fast and easy access to a broad range of lubricant products is increasingly important. The Penrite Enviro Box stand saves precious workshop space, while also making access to specific lubricant products much easier and faster when compared to using oil bottles,” added Toby.

Penrite also claim that the shape of the Enviro Box makes is much easier to handle than a 20-litre plastic drum and the top shelf of the display stand is at average shoulder height, eliminating any need to do any over-head lifting.

Clean diesel technology the way to spend VW trust fund 

The diesel lobby in the US-and by definition most of the rest of the world-is putting in a strong bid for the newest generation of clean diesel technology. And why won’t it after the all the stink that came out of the VW emissions scandal. But perhaps the industry has a valid point to make about the benefits of the new technology.

Speaking at a meeting of the Environmental Council of States in the US, Allen Schaeffer of the Diesel Technology Forum, highlighted the environmental benefits of new diesel technology focusing on the best investments for states with the $2.9 billion Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.

He said each state has both a unique opportunity and a firm obligation to ensure that the trust funds are effectively utilised for the purpose of reducing NOx emissions.

Allen also stressed during this time of change in state and federal environmental regulatory and funding relationships that the trust fund be invested in its stated purpose to mitigate NOx emissions and not be spent for other purposes.

“California state air regulators have said the fastest reductions in NOx emissions in 2035 in their state won’t come from power plants or even electrification of passenger vehicles, but rather from the turnover of old-to-new commercial trucks powered with the latest clean diesel engines.”

He added that as each state begins deliberations on how to spend its portion of the funds, the project selection process should be guided by targeting the largest sources of NOx emissions, technology choices that must be verified as effective in delivering NOx reductions, the timeliness of the actual NOx reductions and maximise maximum NOx reductions per dollar invested.

“When these simple criteria are applied, it would be clear that in nearly every case, upgrading, replacing or repowering engines and machines to new clean diesel technology would deliver more clean air for the dollar, faster and benefit more residents.

A single older marine engine upgraded to the newest generation clean diesel technology would deliver emission benefits equivalent to replacing 74,000 cars for an entire year. Replacing one older Class 8 truck with a new clean diesel truck would reduce 1282 pounds of NOx annually at a cost of just $86/lb, the lowest cost when compared to other fuels and technologies.”

The US Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have found that one ton of NOx emissions may be eliminated by investing, on average, $20,000 in clean diesel technology versus, on average, $1 million in electric infrastructure.

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