Air quality policy

ASFE welcomes the package of proposals adopted by the European Commission in the context of the Year of Air in December 2013. Air quality is a serious concern for EU citizens, and ASFE is closely following the debate on the proposals in the Parliament and the Council. When it comes to improving air quality in Europe, increased use of paraffinic fuels could make a significant contribution particularly in urban areas.


By switching all diesel passengerscars in Brussels
to paraffinic fuels, PM10 emissions would be cut
by 129 tonnes...

...which is equivalent to taking
all vehicles belonging to the
Euro 1 & 2 emissions
category off the road.


Facts about parafinnic fuels

Paraffinic fuels can reduce passenger car PM emissions by 25-40%.

Paraffinic Fuels have almost zero sulphur and aromatics.

Switching to paraffinic fuels could lead to an immediate improvement in local air quality.

Paraffinic fuels are made from natural gas (GTL) , biomass (BTL), or hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO).

Paraffinic fuels produce less NOx, SOx and PM than conventional diesel.

HVO reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 40–90% over the product's entire life cycle when compared to fossil diesel.

There is enough paraffinic fuel production capacity to fuel all the diesel demand of any Scandinavian country, or 1 in 10 cars in Germany.

Paraffinic fuels broaden Europe's energy mix.

Much of the technology development and research into paraffinic fuels takes place in Europe.

Switching all diesel vehicles in Brussels to paraffinic fuels would lead to the reduction of 129 tonnes of PM.

In focus


29 August 2014
The European Committee for Standarization (CEN) upgrades the specification for paraffinic fuels to a...

pdfThe European Committee for Standarization (CEN) upgrades the specification for paraffinic fuels to a “prEN” specification, CEN prEN 15940

20 August 2014
Neste's renewable diesel helped reduce the carbon footprint of some major events this summer


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EU Policy

ASFE and EU Policy

The EU is making increased efforts to encourage sustainable mobility, reduce oil dependence in Europe and improve air quality. ASFE has, since its creation, actively contributed to EU policy making initiatives aimed at tackling the key challenges of the day.



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