German environment minister Jürgen Trittin claimed European leadership in the transition to sulphur free motor fuels as a euros 0.015 per litre tax differential in favour of petrol and diesel containing less than 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur took effect.
The move anticipates by four years a forthcoming legal standard under the EU 1998 fuel quality directive. Earlier this year, Germany received EU clearance to introduce in 2003 a similar tax incentive for "sulphur free" fuels containing under 10ppm sulphur (EED 13/02/01).
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