HOUSTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Fuel Quality Center (IFQC) has updated its ranking of the top 100 countries based on sulfur limits in on-road diesel – Sweden, Germany and Japan, remained first, second and third, respectively.
With the EU having 100% market penetration of 10 ppm sulfur diesel fuel since Jan. 1, 2009, these nations are still ranked within the top 10. South Korea and Turkey also ranked alongside European countries, tied at 9th.
Jumping seven spots this year were India (53rd), where 350 ppm sulfur diesel was introduced nationwide in April 2010, and Belarus (43rd). Hong Kong rose three spots to 39th, bumping both the United States (41st) and Canada (40th) down a spot.
"The continued reduction of global diesel sulfur solidifies the environmental importance of clean diesel fuel. Today's clean diesel fuels and engines continue to change the perception of diesel as a 'dirty fuel,' and instead continue to make progress reducing on and off-road emissions, improving efficiency and lowering greenhouse gas emissions," according to Frederick L. Potter, vice president, Hart Energy Publishing. "The entire global team at Hart and the International Fuel Quality Center applaud the global governments, automakers, refiners and technology suppliers who partner together in contribution to one of the great clean energy and environmental success stories."
Diesel desulfurization dramatically improves tailpipe emissions by allowing for the use of advanced aftertreatment systems. Sulfur compounds emitted as a result of fuel combustion have detrimental environmental and health effects. Industry and policymakers around the world are continuing to reduce sulfur levels in fuels.
The complete ranking can be found on the IFQC's Web site at http://www.ifqc.org.
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