Conflict looms over plans to clean up petrol chain

Legislative proposals are expected shortly from the European Commission to combat emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from car refuelling. But both these and a recent draft Directive on VOC emissions from petrol storage and distribution operations are expected to run into opposition from UK oil companies and petrol retailers.

The Commission has a three-pronged strategy for abating emissions of petrol vapours, which contribute 15% to man-made VOC emissions in the EC and are a significant cause of photochemical ozone pollution. The sources concerned are evaporative losses from cars (10%), storage terminals and distribution operations (3%), and car refuelling (2%).

Evaporative losses from cars are being combatted by the installation of small carbon canisters on n

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