Substantial drop in EU road fuel sulphur levels

New figures show nearly all member states comply with 2005 limits, progressing well to sulphur-free fuels

The sulphur content of road fuels sold in the EU declined substantially in 2005, according to figures published by the European commission on Thursday. The findings were presented in the commission's latest report on implementation of the EU's 1998 fuel quality directive.

Under the directive member states were obliged to reduce the sulphur content of petrol and diesel fuels to 50 parts per million (ppm) by 2005. They must then cut this level to less than 10ppm ("sulphur-free") by 2009. A controversial revision of the law that would introduce a carbon saving requirement is underway (EED 05/10/07).

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