Green diesel arrival aims to ease UAE pollution levels

Emirates National Oil Company says environmentally friendly fuel now available at all its service stations
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By Andy Sambidge
Sat 26 Jul 2014 01:44 AM

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has announced that all service stations in its network are now providing the ultra-low sulphur Green Diesel as part of an initiative to limit pollution in the UAE.

The move follows the UAE Federal Cabinet decree aimed at raising the UAE's standards of diesel fuel from 500ppm to 10ppm, whereby all commercial diesel vehicles and equipment motorists are to use the ultra-low-sulphur diesel that matches Euro 5 standards.

The decree has been aimed at promoting the UAE's environmental sustainability by limiting pollution, the company said in a statement.

It added that the response to the launch of Green Diesel, which began this month at the ENOC/EPPCO service stations, has been "extremely positive".

Green Diesel is more sustainable because it has only 10ppm of sulphur compared to 500ppm in the diesel used in the region.

Diesel is graded by its sulphur content as a general rule as removing it implies a reduction in particulate matters and pollutants. Therefore, using 10ppm diesel leads to lower emissions, and cleaner air quality.

Saeed Khoory, CEO of ENOC, said: "The UAE has set a clear vision and guidelines for promoting sustainable development, and it is important to uphold these for the benefit of future generations.

"The Federal Government has made it mandatory that the environment-friendly Green Diesel is used by motorists, in turn contributing to a greener and cleaner environment. ENOC will continue to be at the forefront in promoting the use of Green Diesel as part of our corporate social responsibility."

Set by the European Union, the Euro 5 standard diesel ensures that emissions from vehicles are limited and are significantly less than emissions when using conventional fuels.

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