A Greener Drive: Environmental Benefits of Proper Oil Filtration in the United Kingdom

The issue of climate change, air pollution is something that needs constant monitoring and control. Unfortunately, cars are still a factor in environmental pollution through exhaust. Today we will talk about proper oil filtration in the context of caring for the environment. 

Air pollution in the UK: what is the scale?

Back in 1952, London met for the first time with an affliction called “the great smog”, which claimed 4,000 lives. Back then, the main pollutant was coal, which was used as a source of energy; today that role has been taken over by transportation. No matter how we try to reduce the amount of harmful emissions, the lion’s share of them (including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter) from transport with internal combustion engines still enters the atmosphere. 

By the way, it is worth noting that vehicles that run on diesel fuel create more harmful emissions than those that use gasoline as fuel. Unfortunately, researchers say that in the country more than half of the cars drive on diesel fuel. Alas, these are the consequences of the highly illogical promotion of diesel by the country’s governing bodies as less harmful to the environment in the 2000s. 

However, recent studies have shown that such fuel pollutes the air at ground level. And it does so much more intensely than in vehicles that use gasoline. In addition to fuel, particulate matter emissions are also affected by a fairly unpopular fact: tire friction on the roadway. During the pandemic, scientists measured air pollution and found that it dropped significantly as there was many times less traffic on the roads. Today, London, South Wales and Glasgow remain the most polluted cities in the UK.

What is an oil filter and how often should it be changed?

First of all, a brief overview of what the oil filter is for. So, it is responsible for the continuous supply of oil and cleans it from contaminants (e.g. road dirt, metal particles) that can get into the engine oil itself. In simple terms, this filter helps the engine to live longer and also helps to prevent contamination of fresh oil. A car with a 15-year life expectancy requires approximately 15 oil changes (once a year) and a filter (regular) that is changed at every oil change, contributing to increased carbon dioxide emissions. 

Environmental benefits of proper oil filtration

First and foremost, in order to ensure proper oil filtration, the quality of the filter itself must be taken care of. It must meet all the criteria set by the car manufacturer. In this matter, you can not save on consumables and use dubious analogs. Among other things, the world does not stand still and introduces all new innovations in this area. The issue is that the oil itself, as well as filters need to be changed, and accordingly recycle those components that can no longer be used in the car. It is these points that are the main problem when it comes to the environmentally friendly use of oil and oil filters. 

For this reason, contemporaries invented a filter that does not require replacement and can clean itself. Such filters are equipped with a filter unit to remove impurities from the oil and a separator in which these impurities accumulate without penetrating the oil circuit. Thus, if you compare this type of development with those that came before it, you can see a significant reduction in oil consumption by the car (up to 10 times), which reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent.

Information for this article was taken from sources:

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/car-parts/oil-filter-10359 

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/transport-and-environment-statistics-2022/transport-and-environment-statistics-2022 

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/info/oil-change-intervals-costs-and-useful-information

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