Green light for Irish low-sulphur fuel incentive

Ireland should be permitted to cut taxes on low-sulphur diesel to improve air quality, the European Commission has told EU governments. With approval of the measure now virtually certain, Ireland is set to become the fourth EU country to offer preferential excise duty on motor fuels containing no more than 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur (EED 14/05/01). The proposed tax break is set to end on 31 December 2004, one day before 50ppm sulphur becomes the legal maximum level in both petrol and diesel throughout the EU. See Commission proposal.

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