Costa Rica will import cleaner fuels since January
Experts provide improved air and less deterioration of motor vehicles.
Sulfur in diesel will drop from 50 to 15 parts per million, as in Europe.
Fuels sold in the country from January will be more environmentally friendly and cause less deterioration in motor vehicles.
The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (Minaet) announced yesterday that in 2013 the country will market diesel and gasoline with a smaller amount of sulfur.
This colorless gas is one of the major air pollutants in cities and causing severe respiratory problems.
According to the announcement of René Castro, Minister of Environment, the country will lower the amount of sulfur in diesel to 50 parts per million to 15 parts per million (ppm).
This allows the country to achieve the same standard of diesel sold in Europe, where the requirements for protecting the environment are more drastic.
Furthermore, gasoline (and super plus) will of 200 ppm sulfur to about 80 parts per million, as confirmed Castro.
"This is excellent news for a country that has been calling for cleaner fuels (...). That will make fuel from Costa Rica not only the cleanest in Central America, but that makes up the rules of the most advanced countries of the European Union, "the minister reiterated.
For these changes to take effect in hydrocarbons, a regulation is necessary, to be drafted in the coming days.
It will include maximum levels of MMT (methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl), a gasoline additive, whose excess vehicles damaged.