The Pak government is looking to import Euro IV petrol in Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan while talking to the media outline the major policy initiatives needed to counter the growing impact of pollution.
He said that near Lahore an urban forest will be planted to curb emission. He said, “Lahore has lost 70 percent of trees during the last 10 years. It has far-reaching consequences.”
Khan said that as emissions from vehicles are the biggest contributor to air pollution in Pakistan, thus to control it, the government will import emission standard fuel.
He said, “By the end of 2020, we will shift to the Euro V emission standard. This will help in reducing toxic emissions from vehicles.”
The oil supply of Pakistan is dependent on oil imports. 50-60% of the total supply is imported. The oil imported does meet the Euro 2 emission standard of the European Union.
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He said, “We have decided we will import a cleaner environmental friendly oil, [which will meet] the Euro 4 standard and added that the Euro IV has lesser chemicals that pollute the air.”
To the oil refineries, a three-year deadline will be given during which they will have to enhance their fuel quality. The refinery will be closed down if it fails to meet the directives.