UKPIA says the commission’s report 'Quality of petrol and diesel fuel used for road transport in the European Union' is outdated and ignores recent advancements in the distribution of sulphur-free fuels.
The report says many EU countries were selling this much-cleaner petrol and diesel, while Britain was still selling low-sulphur fuel, which has a sulphur content of between 10 and 50 parts per million.
It set a deadline of 2009 for the introduction of sulphur-free fuels – a target the UKPIA says will easily be met here.
“Some 55% of diesel sold in Britain is already sulphur-free,” said a UKPIA spokesman. “And by the end of next year all petrol and diesel sold in Britain will be sulphur-free.”
However, Britain is still some way behind Germany, which has switched entirely to sulphur-free fuel, with 31 billion litres of petrol and 34 billion litres of diesel sold since 2005.
Sweden, Denmark and Finland had also switched entirely to sulphur-free fuels by that year, while Austria, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Estonia and Poland are already selling both sulphur-free and low-sulphur fuels.
However, the UK does have some allies: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Malta and Slovenia have not yet moved to only sulphur-free fuels.