Switzerland set to join sulphur-free club

Government confident of rapid switch when new tax on sulphur-containing motor fuels takes effect

The Swiss government has expressed confidence that sulphur-free motor fuels will rapidly take over the whole of its market once a new tax on petrol and diesel containing over ten parts per million (ppm) is introduced on 1 January. The country will join Germany and Sweden in the vanguard of a European phase-out of sulphur in motor fuels.

New technically advanced vehicles show a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency when using sulphur-free fuels, and for diesels a 95% cut in fine particle emissions, the Swiss envronment agency said in a statement. Existing petrol vehicles will emit up to 20% less nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. Diesels will emit 7% less nitrogen oxides and particulates.

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