Special Report: Europe could adopt zero-sulfur fuels ahead of schedule

When German refiners supply the country's markets with sulfur-free gasoline and diesel on Jan. 1, 2003, the event is likely to trigger a more widespread adoption of clean fuels in Northwestern Europe.According to a new monthly analysis from Energy Security Analysis Inc. (ESAI), Wakefield, Mass., the switch to Click here to enlarge imageThe analysis, "International Fuel Specification Review," reports that the impetus for zero-sulfur fuels in Germany is a 4 ¢/gal tax break that will be transferred from sales of 50-ppm diesel, which is the current German standard. Germany is Europe's largest gasoline market (650,000 b/d) and second largest on-road diesel market (540,000 b/d).T...

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