French diesel concern

An issue concerning diesel has recently been raised in France. It is in relation to a French Ministerial Order that increases the maximum level of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) in diesel sold at public filling stations in France to a maximum of 8% by volume. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), and FuelsEurope, representing the EU petroleum refining and marketing industry, claims the Order runs contrary to the internal consistency in terms of quality and specifications of the EU fuel market. As such, the organisations believe it may lead to a fragmentation of the single market for road fuels. ACEA and FuelsEurope call for keeping the quality of diesel sold across the entire EU consistent with the standards set by the European Fuel Quality Directive (2009/30/EC) and by the European Technical Specification for Diesel fuel EN590:2013 (max 7% FAME content). They state that a deviation from this standard by individual Member States is neither in the interests of EU consumers nor the EU economy. According to the groups, it will lead to unnecessary higher complexity and extra costs in the logistics and supply system, due to the proliferation of diesel grades throughout Europe. It puts consumers at risk in cases where their vehicles have a warranty that covers diesel fuel to a maximum of 7% FAME content.

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