Green diesel being made compulsory in UAE

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Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has linked with governmental stakeholders to execute the UAE Federal Cabinet decision no. 37 of 2013 on making the use of the environment-friendly ‘green diesel’ compulsory in UAE.

Green diesel being made compulsory in UAE

Green diesel being made compulsory in UAE

A current stakeholder assembly led by ENOC Industrial Products Marketing (EIPM) at ENOC Headquarters was attended by representatives of Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA), Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality and Emarat.

The assembly resolved to endorse consciousness on the significance of the new greener fuel standards. The stakeholders underlined the need to take intensive action to guarantee the security of supply and usage of the new ultra-low sulphur diesel, which is more environment-friendly and assists in lessening toxic vehicle drain emissions.

They have been working with the officials to apply a device to control the diesel market to limit wrongdoings and unlawful activities. The use of low-standard diesel, frequently sourced from illegal vendors, not only impacts the economy pessimistically but also leads to environmental degradation and health & security hazards.

For the first time in the country, UAE has now set a transparent instruction on the standards to be followed in using diesel. With 90% of the diesel used in the UAE going towards the transport division and its demand increasing by at least 4% yearly, it is significant to take robust actions to guarantee quality and environmental standards.

The stakeholders decided to formally inform all relevant organizations, including diesel distributors, fleet owners and commercial diesel-vehicle users, advising them to register their products and acquire a certificate of conformity from ESMA in partnership with DED. A check operation will be held to guarantee that the diesel used conforms to the new federal standards from September 7, 2014.

In arranging for the inspection movement, DED and ESMA will work together to noticeably highlight the provisions to be followed and additionally set certain guidelines reflecting the UAE Federal Cabinet decision.

The Dubai Civil Defence will examine fuel tanks, gear and fuel tankers to make sure that they meet the security and safety requirements, with charges to be imposed on offenders. Dubai Municipality will also adhere in the inspection of diesel storage locations and make sure that all permits are in place concerning to the installation and use of fuel tanks.

As of July 1, 2014, ENOC has been the first organization in the area to start the sale of ultra-low sulphur diesel crossways its retail and commercial networks. The service employees also inform patrons on the benefits of the new diesel fuel.

Mohamed Dekkak