14 Sep Pakistan is Finally Adopting Euro 5 Petrol
One of the biggest issues of Pakistan is smog and air pollution, especially in urban cities. One of the main reasons for air pollution in many countries of the universe is road traffic.
Many developed countries all over the world have mitigated or reduced the effects of road traffic by gradually changing the designs of their motor vehicles, improving their public transport system, reducing the use of personal cabs or rental cars, and above all by improving the quality of fuel.
In view of this issue of air pollution, the Federal government of Pakistan has come to a decision of shifting petroleum and diesel from EURO-2 to EURO-5. This decision was made in the federal government cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan who authorized the plan to make a move to the higher quality fuel standards in Pakistan.
As indicated by Advisor of Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, the premier had vowed to improve the quality of petroleum and the promise has been fulfilled. It has been said by him that petroleum will be changed to EURO-5 standards from the August 1st, 2020, while the diesel standard will be upgraded from January 2021.
At the start of august 2020, it was stated that that the state-run oil advertising giant Pakistan State Oil (PSO) will start trading in Euro-5 standard fuel after authorization from the federal government.
Sources said the Petroleum Division had searched for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, for the trading of Euro-5 fuel from the 1st week of June. Therefore, trading of petroleum below Euro-5 standards may not be permitted to any oil marketing company (OMC) past the deadline, as per the Petroleum Division.
Pakistan is Lagging Behind
The standards of current EURO-2 which turned out to be obsolete globally by the year 2000 were authoritatively adopted in Pakistan in July 2012. Pakistan was 20 years behind the rest of the universe with regard to emission standards.
The change to a cleaner and better fuel was the need of the day and is surely a welcome step towards the improvement of weather conditions of the country and the prosperity of its residents.
The federal government cabinet supported the change of Euro-2 fuel and saw that it is need of time to upgrade Euro-5 standards in the country as a lot of countries have already moved to Euro-5 and Euro-6 because of lesser sulfur content and lower emanation, which would eventually facilitate in decreasing negative ecological effect.
This shifting to Euro-5 will be beneficial for the environment as well as for the people working in the automobile industry like people who provide pick and drop services, Rent a car, and many more.
Can Euro-5 Fuel Solve the Issues Alone?
Moreover, will simply trading in Euro-5 fuel tackle the country’s ecological issues? Pakistan allegedly meets 30% of its yearly petroleum requirements using domestic refineries and trades around 70% of the need.
Anyway, as per Petroleum Division, mixing of traded and locally produced grade by the domestic refineries and OMCs may also be permitted as it would enhance overall specification and compliance of the product.
The federal government, in spite of great opposition from the auto and oil sector, has guided the Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) to start trading in EURO-5 fuel in Pakistan, beginning from August 1st, 2020. EURO-5 fuel is being utilized in various countries on the planet, every one of whom has scientifically affirmed its advantages, both to the earth and the vehicles.
With that impact, the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) has commanded by means of policy guidelines that OMCs will not be allowed to trade fuel below EURO-5, from August 1, 2020, onwards. The said rules have been imparted to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to guarantee compliance with the rules and the mentioned deadlines.