Sulphur in EU road fuels continues to decline

Commission progress report shows more effort needed to meet 2009 sulphur-free deadline

The level of sulphur in EU road fuels fell again in 2006, but the pace of cuts will have to increase if member states are to eliminate sulphur by a legal deadline of 2009, the European commission’s latest annual monitoring report shows.

Average sulphur levels in 2006 were 18 parts per million in petrol and 22 ppm in diesel.  Sulphur was well below a 50 ppm limit that took effect in 2005, but only marginally down on average levels in 2005 (EED 19/10/07).  This leaves the EU behind track to meet a limit of 10 ppm sulphur (classed as sulphur free) by 2009 (EED 26/03/03).

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