Saturday, August 11, 2018

DOE Eyes Going Back to Euro 2 Emissions Standards to Curb Rising Pump Prices


The Department of Energy (DOE) is eyeing a shift back to cheaper, but dirtier fuel all in an attempt to curb the skyrocketing cost of fuel that’s causing record inflation rates.

A report by Reuters says that the DOE is now studying the possibility of once again offering Euro 2 diesel alongside their cleaner Euro 4 counterparts for transport and retail customers all in the name of “reducing the impact of rising petroleum prices in the world market.”

With sulfur content at 500 parts per million, Euro 2 fuels is 10 times more polluting compared to Euro 4 which has sulfur content at just 50 parts per million. It must be remembered that the Philippines shifted to Euro 4 standards just 2 years ago and some carmakers have yet to completely make the cleaner switch.

The country’s largest oil player, Petron Corporation has confirmed receipt of the government’s plan, according to the same report and will begin studying the impact of the DOE’s plan. Meanwhile, Pilipinas Shell said it was “checking into the matter.”

Aside from toying with the idea to shift back to Euro 2 fuel standards for diesel, the DOE is also looking at importing “low-priced petroleum products, particularly diesel,” through the government-owned Philippine National Oil Company – Exploration Corporation or PNOC EC. The source will likely be a non-OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) country such as Russia.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, both Petron and Phoenix have expressed their interest in selling this cheaper diesel which will be priced “more or less at the price the government can import it.”

. Roque said that it’s about 30 percent cheaper than fuel sourced from an OPEC-member country, but will require further reprocessing to make it clean enough to sell in the country.

The move of the DOE to roll back emission standards may have good short-term effects, particularly for people who have been greatly affected by the TRAIN Law. However, the government should also be reminded that this could have long-term implications, particularly when it comes to the environment.

Source: Reuters, Philippine News Agency, CNN Philippines

12 comments:

  1. So if some unscrupulous dealer dispenses euro 2 fuels as euro 4, what now?

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  2. As what i've said before & i'll say it again, Rodrigo Dutae is one of the best yet also one of the worst President in history.

    Probinsyanong ambisyoso, nasobrahan sa pagka ambisyoso, look what happened to our country now.

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    1. I am a probinsyano and I have my ambitions too. Do not insult our intellect because we are probinsyano's, look what happened to our country? Because it has been for the longest time run by people from Manila. I am a Mindanaoan, a proud Davaowenyo and an ambitious probinsyano.

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    2. There's nothing wrong with being Ambitious as long as you don't go beyond with the realms of reality. What happened to our country now? Economy is going down the drain thanks to stupid decision makings of your co-davaeoño, the current President and his cohorts.

      Past admin may not be perfect but remember the past admin didn't cause the all time high inflation rate we're currently experiencing. Also remember, the past admin left a huge budget surplus while also paying off a substantial portion of our national debt. Life was a little bit better back then as compared to now. Were they perfect? Definitely not, they didn't even brand themselves as the best & the brightest. LOL

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    3. Tinawanan mo pa kabobohan... Tsk tsk tsk

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  3. Wala bang ibang ma suggest itong gobyernong ito para mapa baba ang inflation besides this using this Euro 2 fuels? Kulang sa talino itong mga nilagay ni Dutae sa gobyerno, Hello Miss Mocha Uson!!!

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  4. What will happen if you have newer engine with DPF using a Euro 2 diesel (which is sold as Euro 4 like what James mentioned)?

    So we will be back with a more bad sulfur smelling diesel. One step forward two steps backward ata to. Pina Euro 4 nga natin ang mga jeep eh balik din pala Euro 2 ang gagamitin nila.

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    1. Euro 2 vehicles can use Euro 4 fuels, but not vice-versa. If a Euro 4 vehicle were to use Euro 2 fuel, the DPF will get clogged and they won't last. If this pushes through expect long warning labels from anyone selling a clean diesel.

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  5. Something that involves bringing us back to the stone age is always the 1st solution our so called leaders resort to. Why not decentralize Manila (less traffic, more eficient use of fuel) by offering significant tax perks for large companies to move to low population areas outside the metro or even outside Luzon? Oh I forget...less tax to steal

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  6. This just goes to show that this administration has zero concern for the environment. To compensate for the staggering taxes imposed they're merely trying to ease the stress of the rising fuel prices.

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  7. Why don't they just f*cking suspend the TRAIN for Euro 4 fuels?

    These turds should be made to suck Euro 2 soot from a tailpipe.

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