October 2010

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HPIn Europe: How German refiners sped up clean fuels rules to save their heating oil business

European refiners are nearing the end of a decade of rapid change—some might say a revolution—in fuel specifications. For road fuels, at least, sulfur levels have gone from being a political..

European refiners are nearing the end of a decade of rapid change—some might say a revolution—in fuel specifications. For road fuels, at least, sulfur levels have gone from being a political football in a long, goal-less match, to being simply a thing of the past. In heating oil, and especially in marine fuels, things have been slower. But rather than make a reactionary stand against progress, refiners here decided to borrow lessons from the red/green European Union (EU) politics of the late 1990s to speed things up. A revolution in thinking. The industry itself has used methods, which were a game-changer when applied to the European Fuels Directive to effect a revolution of their

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