By Andy Sambidge
Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology to control diesel quality in 2012
New regulations will be brought in next year to control the standard of diesel fuel being sold in UAE petrol stations, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) said on Monday.
Once issued, ESMA will begin to monitor the quality of diesel to minimise emission levels, it said in a statement.
All diesel imports will have to obtain approval from ESMA before it is allowed entry to the UAE, it added.
Mohammad SalehBadri, ESMA's acting director general, said: "We are working on drafting a regulation that will regulate and control diesel in the UAE.
"This move aims to make sure that the quality of traded diesel in the UAE is uniform and that it complies with the UAE standard specifications."
He added that ESMA had had "very active coordination and meetings" with Adnoc, Emarat, Enoc and Eppco with regard to the mechanisms of the regulations, which are likely to be implemented in the first half of 2012.
Badri said: "Monitoring the implementation of diesel sold in the UAE market will guarantee its high quality, leading to a reduction in environmental pollution.
"This regulation will help reduce gas emissions that are harmful to the environment caused by the burning of diesel, which is in line with the UAE's strategy in preserving the environment."
The emissions produced by diesel vehicles are one of the major air polluting sources in the UAE, according to a study by Dubai Municipality.
A study conducted on Dubai roads in 2008 revealed that the vehicle pollution in Dubai compared to American standards was around 13 percent for vehicles compared to 4.7 percent in many developed countries.
This is an excellent initiative.
If the standard and quality of diesel is improved, perhaps the dealers would have to be allowed to import and sell diesel engined cars, as these engines are more environmentally friendly than the benzene ones.
Authorities have been talking about this for years, presently UAE sells 500ppm (part per million) of sulfur content for diesel fuels. All modern diesel engines use zero to 15ppm, and that's why the rest of the world dumps its diesel trucks in the UAE, as these mostly run on 500ppm and higher. The diesel sold here has been banned in EU and USA since the early 90's! RTA for their (modern) bus fleet imports this LSD (low sulfur diesel at 50ppm) while the rest of the civilized world is light years ahead with zero to 15ppm, hence uses clean diesel engines, which in the UAE cannot be found because of the non availability of this ULSD (ultra low sulfur diesel). I have one of these clean ULSD diesels and there is one source in Dubai selling this fuel (AED 6.40 per liter)...imagine what the environment would do to the UAE when this is widely available, transportation accounting for 43% of all emission levels, higher than any other industry..embarrassing in an oil rich nation....