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Euro 5 Diesel Finally Replaces Euro 2M in Malaysia

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From today onwards, diesel fuel sold in Malaysia will strictly be Euro 5 grade and no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

the government has started implementing the Euro 5 fuel specification to replace the Euro 2M diesel starting today, said Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

He said all manufacturers, suppliers and petrol stations are required to comply with the implementation in line with the Environmental Quality (Control of Petrol and Diesel Properties) Regulations 2007 and the Environmental Quality (Control of Petrol and Diesel Properties) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

Petrol to follow soon

According to the updates to the Environmental Quality (Control of Petrol and Diesel Properties) Regulation 2021 which was gazetted on the 26 of March 2021, Malaysian Diesel Standards will only allow for Euro 5 grade fuel to be sold with Petrol to follow next.

In case you’re wondering what the big deal is with Euro 5 grade diesel, it has a maximum sulphur content of 10mg/kg which is lower than the Euro 2M diesel fuel we have now. Lower sulphur content simply makes for lower chances of acid rain being formed.

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For now, the lower sulphur content and specific cetane number/cetane index are the two measurable qualities that the government will be enforcing for diesel fuel. What this effectively means is that the cheaper Euro 2M diesel fuel may be taken off the market completely! Don’t quote us on that until an official statement is made by the government, but that’s what legislation seems to suggest.

“The implementation of the Euro 5 diesel specification is part of the Government’s efforts to improve the status of air quality as outlined in the Clean Air Action Plan 2010,” he said in a statement today.

Some of you may remember that the original date for the implementation of Euro 5 diesel was actually Sept 1, 2020 but on June 10th, 2020, the Cabinet decided to postpone the enforcement to April 1 this year due to constraints faced by the industries as well as the outbreak of Covid-19.

Cleaner air quality

Tuan Ibrahim said this nationwide implementation would be able to improve the air quality status as Euro 5 is cleaner and has a lower sulphur content of 10 parts per million (ppm) compared with Euro 2M’s sulphur content of 500 ppm.

“The implementation of the Euro 5 diesel specification is part of the Government’s efforts to improve the status of air quality as outlined in the Clean Air Action Plan 2010,” he said in a statement yesterday.

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Doing Away With Diesels  

Leading dairy company Arla has committed to converting its Swedish distribution operations to fossil fuel-free sources by 2020. To help the company make good on that promise, Scania has just delivered the first of 48 vehicles that rely on RME (rapeseed oil methyl-ester), which is a biofuel that generates 66 percent less carbon dioxide than diesel. The Swedish government is also lending a hand by keeping RME a tax-exempt fuel, making it more financially viable for Arla and other companies willing to make the conversion.

Arla expects the remainder of its Scania RME fleet to arrive in its various Sweden distribution centres throughout 2019 and 2020. In addition to RME, Arla also currently operates equipment that runs on hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) and ethanol. The European Union has called on member states to more aggressively move toward renewable energy, however, Arla’s planned conversion is significantly more rapid and ambitious. According to Berne Carlson, vehicle manager at Arla, “Thanks to Scania’s ability to deliver vehicles that can run on alternative fuels, we are happy to say that we will get there.”

As a leading engine and truck manufacturer, Scania has made researching and developing alternative fuel technologies a top priority. Currently, the firm offers vehicles and engines that are capable of running on a range of alternative fuels, including RME, liquefied gas (LNG), and ethanol. Fredrik Lundström, Fleet Sales Manager at Scania Sverige says, “While one type of fuel is not necessarily the solution for all, the conditions of each region, such as access and infrastructure, always influence what type of alternative fuel fits best. In this case, RME is the right fit and we’re delighted to help Arla in its efforts to become fossil free.”

 

 

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