A conciliation agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council on 10 December opens the way for the introduction of cleaner fuels for vehicles from 2005.
Key features of the conciliation deal:
- Zero-sulphur (containing no more than 10 ppm) petrol and diesel fuels will be available in the EU at the latest from 1 January 2005; full introduction of these fuels from 1 January 2009;
- from 1 January 2009, these fuels will also be used for non-road mobile vehicles.
Environment Commissioner Wallström welcomed the agreement and said that it "paves the way for the introduction of clean fuels that will help to reduce air pollution as well as greenhouse gas emissions."
Parliament and Council will formally have to approve the conciliation agreement.