Swiss plan Europe's first sulphur-free switch

Tax on fuel containing sulphur "should lead to complete change over" from early 2004

Switzerland looks set to be the first European country to achieve a complete switch to sulphur-free petrol and diesel, under plans proposed yesterday by the country's environment agency. The agency proposes taxing fuels containing sulphur from the beginning of 2004.

The SFr 0.03-0.05 per litre (euros 0.02-0.03) tax on all fuel containing more than 10 parts per million (ppm) sulphur would not guarantee an immediate and complete switch to sulphur-free products, but experience suggests this is likely, the agency said.

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