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UK offers green deal to cut VOC emissions

The UK government has proposed a voluntary agreement with industry to cut emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during vehicle refuelling. The deal aims at a 75% take-up of so-called "stage 2" VOC controls by larger petrol stations by 2010 - smaller and rural sites would be less affected. A 50-65% reduction in vehicle refuelling releases is projected, shaving 13-17,000 tonnes off national VOC emissions. These were 1.7m tonnes in 1999 and must be reduced to 1.2m tonnes by 2010 under the EU's national emission ceilings directive (EED 02/10/01). See consultation paper.

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