Oil industry’s last-ditch stand on sulphur

New research from Concawe, the oil industry’s research body, that questions the environmental benefits of zero-sulphur road fuels has been greeted with scepticism by the auto industry.1 The research appears to be a bid to influence the European Commission’s decision on when zero-sulphur diesel must be supplied across the EU.

The "zero sulphur" Directive, adopted in 2002 (ENDS Report 336, p 51 ), requires all petrol and diesel sold in the EU to have a sulphur content of less than 10mg/kg of sulphur from January 2009. It builds on an earlier requirement for all fuels to contain less than 50mg/kg of sulphur from 2005. The reduction in su

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