The federal government has decided to shift petrol and diesel from EURO-2 to EURO-5. The historical decision was taken in the federal cabinet meeting held on Tuesday headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan who approved the plan to make a shift to the higher-quality fuel standards in Pakistan.
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According to Prime Minister’s Adviser on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, the premier had promised to increase the quality of petrol and it has been fulfilled. He said the petrol will be shifted to EURO-5 standards from the 1st of August, whereas diesel standard will be uplifted from January 2021.
— Malik Amin Aslam (@aminattock) June 23, 2020
Earlier this month it was reported that the state-run oil marketing giant Pakistan State Oil (PSO) will begin importing Euro-5 standard fuel after approval from the government. Sources said the Petroleum Division had sought approval of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, for import of Euro-5 fuel from the first week of June. Subsequently, import of petrol below Euro-5 specifications may not be allowed to any oil marketing company (OMC) beyond the deadline, according to the Petroleum Division.
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The current EURO-2 standards which became internationally obsolete by year 2000 were officially adapted in Pakistan in July 2012. Pakistan was 20 years behind the rest of the world as far as emission standards were concerned. The transition to a cleaner & better fuel was the need of the day and is indeed a welcome step towards betterment of country’s environment and the well being of its citizens.