Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran Governor- General Hossein Hashemi on Wednesday called for import of petrol to meet Euro 4 standard until self-sufficiency in production of high quality gasoline. Hashemi said low quality of the gasoline being consumed in Iran is the prime reason of air pollution in Iranian metropolitans.
A view of Tehran engulfed by pollution in December 2013
photo by Mohammad Babaei, Islamic Republic News Agency
Although Iran faces problems in importing petrol due to Western sanctions, it is necessary to import high standard petrol, Tehran governor-general said.
The former government tried to produce gasoline from petrochemical components in a bid to thwart sanctions, Hashemi said.
ˈBut this effort caused environmental hazards.ˈ
He noted that with the new Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and making use of the experienced managers at the ministry, it is possible that Iran can reach self-sufficiency in production of gasoline with Euro 4 standard and even higher standards in the next two years.
Euro 4 is a globally-accepted European emission standard for vehicles, which require fuel with significantly low amounts of sulfur (0.005% or 50 parts per million) and benzene (maximum of 1% by volume).
Vice-President and the head of Department of Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, in a Majlis session recently, called for import of high quality gasoline to fight air pollution in the country.
Environmental experts believe that a large part of air pollution in Iran is due to pollutant emissions from vehicles and motorcycles using low quality petrol from petrochemical components.
The upside-down air in Tehran
cartoon by Nazanin Jamshidi, Shargh daily
Degradation of environment in Tehran has created critical situation sending several thousand to the hospitals every day some of whom do not come to life again.
Economists say that the government had better spend the subsidies paid monthly to the people living in Tehran on life support system in Tehran and make the environment possible to breathe.
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