EU to make petrol vapour technology mandatory

Nozzle novelties will cut volatile organic pollution from service stations by 85 per cent, commission says

The European commission has tabled draft EU legislation that would force fuel service stations to use technologies that substantially reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from pump nozzles.

Under the plans, released on Thursday, all newly-built stations, except the very smallest, would have to install so-called stage two petrol vapour recovery (PVR) technologies.  All stations underneath residential buildings would have to fit PVR and all large service stations, new or old, would have to have the technology by 2020.  Stations in around half of EU states already use PVR.

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