The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is taking the battle against pollution a notch higher by requiring cleaner fuel from petroleum companies starting July 1.

This directive essentially takes our compliance from circa 1997 Euro 2 to the relatively newer (January 2005) Euro 4 standard that strictly requires 50 parts per million (PPM) of sulfur content only on both gas and diesel as compared to 500 PPM under the previous standard.

“The planned shift to Euro 4 was made possible through the support of oil players, car manufacturers and transport groups, who are doing their fair share to curb air pollution and reduce its impacts.  Low sulfur fuels will lead to reduced emissions of particulate matter. This particulate matter, along with other pollutants, can penetrate deeply into sensitive parts of the lungs and can worsen existing respiratory and heart diseases,” said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje.

The newly issued DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-14 will cover new passenger and light- and heavy-duty vehicles and prepare the motoring industry for when the Euro 4 standard will be fully implemented on new cars in 2016.  By then, Certificates of Conformity (COCs), which are an LTO-requirement, will only be issued to compliant vehicles.

This effort is in line with Republic Act 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.