Cleaner fuels report greatly understates air quality benefits

Cleaner fuels such as low-sulphur city diesel and reformulated petrol could make only a modest contribution to attaining the Government's air quality objectives, according to a study for the National Society for Clean Air (NSCA).1 But a serious error in the report means that its conclusions understate hugely the potential benefits of clean fuels - allowing the oil industry to cast doubt on the case for reformulating its products.

The report was produced by transport consultant Claire Holman for the NSCA's Cleaner Fuels Forum. The Forum's members include representatives of the oil and car industries, alternative fuel suppliers, retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury's and environmental groups.

The report focuses on nitrogen dioxide and particulates, as air quality objectives for these pollutants will be particularly difficult to meet. Taking account of forthcoming E

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