Luxembourg cleared to back low-sulphur fuel

The EU's smallest state has received official clearance to follow several of its larger neighbours and introduce a tax differential in favour of road diesel containing under 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur. Germany, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands are already taking similar steps. All the measures are designed to speed the market introduction of low-sulphur fuels. The 50ppm benchmark will become the legal norm across the EU on 1 January 2005 under the 1998 fuel quality directive. See EU Council decision.

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