Oil industry to fight EC cuts in fuel sulphur levels

The official text of an EC Directive setting limits on the sulphur content of gas oil is now available.1 It is to be followed by a further legislative proposal by the end of 1993, but an oil industry report has questioned whether the environmental benefits of further reductions in sulphur can be justified against the large capital costs involved.

The new Directive was agreed by Environment Ministers in March 1992 (ENDS Report 206, pp 37,38 ) but had to wait for formal adoption for a further 12 months. Once fully implemented it will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions within the EC by about one million tonnes per year.

Existing EC legislation permits a ma

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