Before announcing emission demands on automobile manufacturers, the European Commission has called for greener fuels to cut the EU’s carbon dioxide output. Under new fuel quality rules, sulphur content in diesel would be further limited. Higher ethanol content in petrol is also proposed.
Under a new strategy aimed at fighting global warming, Brussels has proposed that oil companies cut greenhouse gas emissions from the production, refining, transport and use of fuel. These proposals seek to cut CO2 by 10 percent by 2020. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas called this “… a concrete test of (Europe’s) capacity to translate political priorities into concrete measures.” The proposals come as Europe argues about how to reduce CO2 emissions from cars. A Commission spokesman said the cars proposal, which has drawn opposition from Germany and the auto industry, would come out next week.