MEPs back earlier switch to sulphur-free fuels

Environment committee supports rapporteur's plan for EU-wide switch by 2008 rather than 2011

The European Parliament's environment committee has backed rapporteur Heidi Hautala's demand that the EU complete a transition to sulphur-free fuels three years earlier than a European Commission-proposed timetable. The committee said all fuels for both road and non-road vehicles should contain less than 10 parts per million (ppm) sulphur by 2008.

The Finnish Green MEP proposed the tighter timetable for a shift to sulphur-free last month, against opposition from Europe's refining industry (EED 05/10/01). In May, the Commission proposed a 2011 deadline (EED 11/05/01).

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