'Green diesel' being made mandatory across the UAE

ENOC is working with government stakeholders to implement the new law

Saeed Khoory, CEO, ENOC.
Saeed Khoory, CEO, ENOC.

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has joined hands with governmental stakeholders to implement the UAE Federal Cabinet decision no. 37 of 2013 on making the use of the environment-friendly ‘green diesel’ mandatory across the UAE.

A recent stakeholder meeting 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 meeting resolved to promote awareness on the importance of the new greener fuel standards. The stakeholders emphasised the need to take concerted action to ensure the security of supply and usage of the new ultra-low sulphur diesel, which is more environment-friendly and helps in reducing toxic vehicle exhaust emissions.

Saeed Khoory, CEO, ENOC, said, “We are thankful to all governmental agencies and our key stakeholders for their support in ensuring the implementation of the UAE Federal Cabinet decision number 37 for year 2013 regarding making the use of environment-friendly ultra-low sulphur diesel compulsory in the UAE.”

“We have been working with the authorities to implement a mechanism to regulate the diesel market to limit irregularities and illegal activities,” Khoory said. “The use of low-standard diesel, often sourced from illegal vendors, not only impacts the economy negatively but also leads to environmental degradation and health & safety hazards.”

“For the first time in the region, the UAE has now set a clear guideline on the standards to be followed in using diesel,” he added. “With 90% of the diesel used in the UAE going towards the transport sector and its demand growing by at least 4% annually, it is important to take strong measures to ensure quality and environmental standards.”

The stakeholders decided to formally inform all relevant organisations, including diesel distributors, fleet owners and commercial diesel-vehicle users, urging them to register their products and obtain a certificate of compliance from ESMA in collaboration with DED. An inspection campaign will be held to ensure that the diesel used conforms to the new federal standards from September 7, 2014.

In preparing for the inspection campaign, DED and ESMA will work jointly to clearly underline the specifications to be followed and also set firm guidelines reflecting the UAE Federal Cabinet decision.

The Dubai Civil Defence will inspect fuel tanks, equipment and fuel tankers to ensure that they meet the security and safety requirements, with fines to be levied on violators. Dubai Municipality will also join in the inspection of diesel storage sites and ensure that all permits are in place in relation to the installation and use of fuel tanks.

Nader Al Fardan, senior manager, EIPM, said, “The inspection campaign, which commences on September 7, will limit the irregularities and illegal activities conducted by a number of companies that distribute diesel fuel without consideration for safety and not following the required standards.”

“The joint cooperation between government entities and national oil companies is very important to regulate the diesel market, and to limit irregularities and illegal activities that have a negative impact on the economy and environment as well as on public safety,” Al Fardan added.

Khoory explained that the concerted efforts by the governmental stakeholders and ENOC will help reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE, promote safe usage of diesel and bring value to the industry supply chain, which has been impacted adversely by illegal diesel vendors

“In addition to the economic and safety benefits of using the environment-friendly diesel, adhering to the law will also bring long-term advantages to users as it will help reduce costly maintenance and extend vehicle and equipment life,” he said.

“To achieve these wide-ranging benefits, it is important that we have the full and continued support of the community,” Khoory said. “The campaign aims to engage the community with the ‘Green Vision’ of our country.”

As of July 1, 2014, ENOC has been the first organisation in the region to commence the sale of ultra-low sulphur diesel across its retail and commercial networks. The service station staff members also advise customers on the benefits of the new diesel fuel.

 

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