Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is currently suffocating under hazardous smog, which has now forced hundreds of schools to close in an attempt to protect the city’s children.
The air is full of toxic heavy metals – including arsenic – which have the ability to pass directly into humans and cause both short and long-term health issues. Residents have reported sneezing and coughing up blood following the worst-ever smog disaster.
Worryingly, there is no end in sight, as the emerging world is more concerned about low-cost, speedy, industrial growth rather than the effect of this on the environment.
What is causing the Bangkok smog?
The haze being experienced in Bangkok is caused by dense traffic, factories and construction sites.
- Factories all over the world burn extremely low-grade toxic oil, and no-one is guiltier of this than operators in the Far East
- The diesel used in heavy goods vehicles and construction machines is known to be at the lower end of the quality scale across the emerging world
- The resulting emissions pump harmful substances into the atmosphere, polluting the air we breathe with soot, smoke and toxic particulate matter (PM)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers PM2.5 (particulate matter that is 2.5 micron in size or smaller) to be carcinogenic. The Pollution Control Department (PCD) says it is unsafe if the amount of PM2.5 exceeds 50 micrograms per cubic m of air. Currently, 35 areas of Greater Bangkok are recorded as having unsafe levels of PM2.5, which have been identified as containing at least 51 kinds of heavy metals – cadmium, tungsten and arsenic being among them.
These tiny particles can pass directly into humans via the respiratory tract, ultimately ending up in our internal organs, causing significant health problems.
How can Bangkok reduce its smog?
The environmental disaster being played out in Bangkok has been reported all over the world. Bangkok authorities have pleaded for solutions – evidently it has not planned for this situation, despite industrialisation continuing at a pace.
Executive director of the Federation of Thai Industries, Chayo Trangadisaikul, said, “Manufacturers are going to be under pressure to do better on pollution. Firms offering technology for environmental upgrades may see huge opportunities.”
SulNOx is in discussion with bulk suppliers of fuel around the world. These organisations are motivated by the economic and environmental benefits SulNOx provides. We need more business owners to take this positive step, so we can all move forward while taking responsibility for our outputs and ultimately take better care of our planet.
SulNOx’s unique fuel conditioner and fuel emulsifier products can provide a solution.
- Our products can be added to oil in tiny amounts, but the effect is significant. In recent tests on diesel engines, SulNOx achieved a reduction in PM2.5 of 65%
- Specifically designed for use in diesel and bunker oil, our products are proven to reduce exhaust and burner smoke toxins
- Particulate matter and smoke is, after all, unburnt fuel. Our emulsifiers and conditioners improve engine combustion, offering a more complete burn, which reduces the particulate matter and smoke released
We believe the only solution to this global problem is to add our low-cost product direct to the fuel, designed to drastically reduce particulate matter, soot and smoke.
SulNOx is eager to widen discussions to all and any large users of diesel, fuel oil and bunker oil. Please visit our website to read more about our work or contact us today on +44 203 291 3638.