Tehran to turn to Euro-5 gasoline to reduce air pollution
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 7
By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:
Iran plans to turn to high-quality and standardized gasoline in order to reduce the capital's constantly increasing air pollution, the IRNA News Agency reported on Monday.
The managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Company, Abbas Kazemi, said on Januray 6 that Tehran's gas stations will only distribute gasoline conforming to Euro-5 standard in two years.
Iran currently distributes 13 million liters of gasoline conforming to Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards in big cities including Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Arak.
The managing director of National Iranian Oil Refining & Distribution Company, Abbas Kazemi, said on December 24 that the country only has the capacity to produce and distribute 13 million liters of gasoline conforming to Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards. The figure is 17 million liters less than the amount that Iran's previous administration used to claim.
Iran currently imports some gasoline and octane boosters, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. Mehr News Agency puts the figure at 5-7 million liters per day.
The Mehr News Agency reported on December 25 that the Iranian environment department has urged the oil ministry to import high-quality and standardized gasoline because air pollution has reached an alarming level in big cities.
Several meetings have been held between officials of the environment department and the oil ministry in this regard.
Moreover, it has been announced that all the cars should meet Euro-4 standards by the end of spring next year.
Last year, according to PSI (Pollutant Standards Index), Iran had 147 days during which air quality was substandard. Two years ago, this number stood at 217 days.
The air over Iran's capital, Tehran, is amongst the most polluted in the world. Experts say many Iranians suffer serious health problems as a result.
Motor vehicles account for 70 percent of pollution in the Iranian capital. Low quality gasoline and diesel is partially responsible for the problem.
Over 6.534 billion liters of gasoline was consumed in Iran during the summer.
The figure is 500 million liters more than the same period of time previous year, the IRNA News Agency reported.
Iran's average gasoline consumption stood at 68.5 and 68.2 million liters per day in the first and second months of summer, respectively.
The figure reached 74 million liters in the third month of summer.
Iran's average gasoline consumption stood at around 71.6 million liters per day in the previous Iranian calendar year, the ISNA News Agency reported.
Iran's total gasoline production capaicty was around 60 million liters per day in the previous year.