The chamber of petroleum consumers ( COPEC) welcomes the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for good work done for reducing the sulphur content in Fuels which has been a major concern of every Ghanaian because of its hazardous effects.
The National Petroleum Authority(NPA) has reduced the sulphur specification for diesel imported into the country from 3000 ppm(part per million) to 50 ppm revision of sulphur levels in fuels from 3000ppm to 50ppm is a good move by the National Petroleum Authority(NPA).
In an interview with Mr. Boakye Yiadom Williams, a Research and monitoring officer at COPEC-GH he said 50 ppm of sulphur is an acceptable per the European Standard, indicating in ” Euro iv ” which established in 2005.
However, even though the Chamber is happy with this new policy they are still hoping for the new European Standard which was established in 2008, ultra low sulphur content (10ppm) we believe this will reduce the toxic of fuels in our environment and demolishing of cars.
Furthermore Mr. Boakye Yiadom outlined some general benefits of the policy by the NPA that, the new policy will improve health status of consumers , we all can inhale quality air and frequently damaged of car engines will be ceased.
Secondly, this will ensure protection of public health, revision of sulphur will reduced emission of black smoke, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and other greenhouse gases from vehicles exhaust tail pipes.
Thirdly, reducing of sulphur content will now improve the quality of air that we breath and the environment.
Finally, the damages of advanced emission control technology in vehicles will be reduced.
Research conducted by World Health Organization indicates that introduction of low sulphur will reduced pollution in our environment by 50%.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers(COPEC) therefore applaud National Petroleum Authority(NPA) for implementing this new policy.
The Chamber reminds the National Petroleum Authority(NPA) to tightened their measures on product adulteration by laying heavy fines on the OMCs caught in this such acts.
Odehyeaba Kwame Asare