Fuel Quality

Fuels for use in the Netherlands and in Europe must meet strict requirements. But not all fuels produced here are intended for Dutch and European use. Fuels intended for use outside the EU are often of different, less good quality. The ILT wants that to change.

Companies have a duty to make every effort to prevent negative consequences for human health and the environment. In the Netherlands, we call this the ‘duty of care’. According to the ILT, fuel producers do not comply with this duty by producing these low-quality fuels. These fuels contain high levels of harmful substances, such as benzene, sulphur and manganese. The ILT wants companies in the Netherlands to only produce and export fuels of a higher (acceptable) quality.

We explain why the ILT wants this to change fast in this video (english subtitles):

Fuel Quality

We have been gradually tightening up our fuel standard to prevent emissions. But also to protect the car's emission control technology. Catalytic converters and particulate filters cannot deal with high concentrations of sulphur and metals. We have raised our standard, but African countries have yet to do so. We see that the fuel sector is taking advantage of the fact that the standards are less strict there. In the fuels they export to countries outside Europe we expect the sector only to use additives that we consider responsible in European fuel. And in fact, only to produce fuels that are comparable to the fuel we produce in Europe.