LEADING oil firm Petron Corp. said it is now offering Euro 4-compliant gasoline products in its service stations in Mega Manila in compliance with the government’s early implementation of the Euro 4 emission standard.
Petron also said its Euro 4-compliant fuels will soon be available nationwide.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) accelerated the implementation of its 2010 directive ordering compliance with the more exacting Euro 4 emission standard by issuing Administrative Order 2015-14.
Instead of the original January 2016 deadline, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said they are advancing the implementation to July 2015.
This means that starting July, oil companies should start selling Euro 4-compliant fuels, which are considered cleaner than the current Euro 2 standard that have been marketed since 2008.
Euro 4 is a globally accepted European emission standard for vehicles that requires fuel with significantly lower amounts of sulfur and benzene. Reduced sulfur and benzene content in gasoline makes fuels more environment-friendly, as vehicles release less harmful emissions.
Petron, which pioneered the first locally-produced Euro-4 premium plus gasoline in the Philippines, Blaze 100 Euro-4, is also the first company to locally produce a full line-up of gasoline variants that meet Euro-4 standards.
It has four gasoline variants— the most extensive in the industry—namely Blaze 100 Euro 4 (RON 100), XCS (RON 95), Xtra Advance (RON 93), and Super Xtra (RON 91).
All Petron Euro-4 gasolines products, with world-class additives, ensure engine cleanliness and efficient combustion for optimum engine performance and improved fuel economy.
The Blaze 100 Euro 4 even exceeds Euro-4 global standards, Petron said.
Introduced in July 2013, two-and-a-half years ahead of the mandate, this premium gasoline has a sulfur content of less than 35 parts per million and 1 percent benzene content, superior than the Euro-4 standard.
Petron president and chief executive officer Ramon Ang considers the local production of various gasoline grades under this global fuel standard as another milestone in the oil industry.
“These products are proudly Philippine-made. As the pacesetter in the industry, we hope that this encourages other players to follow suit,” said Ang.
Petron’s early compliance was made possible by its massive $2-billion upgrade of its Bataan refinery which increased its local production of gasoline, diesel, and petrochemicals and also allows the production of Euro 4 fuels.
The oil company said it will start the domestic production of Euro-4 compliant diesel products soon.
“More importantly, our launch of a complete line-up of Euro 4 gasoline products affirms our commitment to introduce fuels relevant to consumers while reducing our environmental footprint,” Ang said.