Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

A large portion of Australia’s fleet of trucks responsible for transporting food, fuel, and other resources may be left unable to operate as a shortfall of urea—a legally-required component in many modern diesel engines—grips international supplies. This comes as the world’s biggest producer of urea, China, banned the export of the resource to prioritise domestic fertiliser supply—another key industry utilising urea—after previously supplying 80 percent of Australia’s urea demand. Adblue, a brand of diesel exhaust fluid containing urea, is used throughout many of Australia’s diesel cars and trucks as part of strict European-based emission standards mandating the substance in order to help reduce harmful emissions. While vehicles would still be capable of operating without urea if the mechanism was turned off, this process is illegal. The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is demanding the Australian government explain how it will ensure sufficient supplies of AdBlue are available for the transport industry …

Author: Daniel Khmelev

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