Germany halves sulphur content of heating oils

The German government today announced a cut in the permissible sulphur content of heating oils, so transposing part of the EU anti-acidification directive, 1999/32/EC. Maximum sulphur levels in light heating oil will be halved from 0.2% to 0.1% by 2008. From 2003, heavy heating oil will contain a maximum of 1% sulphur instead of the currently permissible 2%. The environment ministry estimates that the new laws will reduce German sulphur dioxide emssions by 34,000 tonnes a year. See environment ministry press release.

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