Dubai / Emirates Business
Eight Dubai Government entities joined hands to inspect 12 companies in the emirate involved in the illegal trade of diesel. The inspections occurred over a two-day period in Ras Al Khor Industrial Area in Dubai from which a number of trading companies and agents were penalised for numerous violations ranging from use of unsafe fuel facilities to the illegal retailing of diesel.
The committee included a multi-sector collaboration between the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dubai Civil Defence, Department of Economic Development in Dubai, Dubai Municipality, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Police, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).
According to specifications under Federal Cabinet decision no. 37 of 2013, organisations and individuals must only market or use ultra-low sulphur diesel, containing less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur. Illegal diesel, also known as ‘grey diesel’, is fuel that contains more than 10 parts per million of sulphur, and is in direct violation of UAE law.
The diesel standards set by ESMA fully comply with the Euro 5 standard for diesel, which serves to reduce harmful vehicle emissions significantly and helps promote a healthier environment for the country and its citizens.
“The UAE government’s directive towards sustainability and adherence to increasingly higher environmental standards are key components that drive the advancement of the UAE’s socio-economic development. It is in the interest of the country, the people and the environment that the illegal diesel trade activities cease as it infringes on these values,” stated H.E. Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC.