|, 2000, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
BP Amoco Cleaner Fuels Report Card
By Greg Bourne, Regional Director/President, BP Amoco Australia, February 2000
JAN 1999-JAN 2000 - "What we promised, What we delivered, What we will do"
"In 1997, 129 metropolitan areas exceeded the standard level of at least one pollutant The problems are not limited to the USA. In Paris there were 11 days last year when motorists faced restrictions on bringing their cars into the city because of poor air quality .. This is a challenge we cant ignore .
We can delay and resist and wait for the standards or taxes to be imposed. Or we can accept the challenge and start to provide the answer in a creative progressive way."
Sir John Browne, CEO, BP Amoco plc, 25 January 1999
What We Promised .
During the 1990s, Australias petrol and diesel specifications did not keep pace with those in key OECD countries. By 1999, we were up to 5 years behind. Our diesel specifications allowed for 5000 parts per million sulphur. Petrol specifications allowed up to 5% benzene. Leaded petrol consumption remained substantial. The only substantial changes occurred in 1986 (introduction of unleaded) and 1992 (reduction of lead content in leaded). At the start of 1999, no major fuel specification changes were foreshadowed at all, despite the demands and responses for change in other advanced nations. All of us must take some blame for this inactivity.
Globally, BP Amoco committed to a proactive leadership strategy on Clean Fuels to do what we can, when we can, and where we can.
Group CEO Sir John Browne promised on 25 January 1999 in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club that the BP Amoco group would be:-
Why have we done this
Sir John [Browne] said that the air quality problem is a challenge we cant ignore. We have accepted the challenge to help solve the air quality problems especially in cities.
What Weve Delivered in 1999 from Australia
We are delivering on these promises. Perth and Brisbane are in our 40 Cities Program. They are two cities where we can unilaterally introduce clean fuels due to our refineries in both cities.
As at January 2000 we have delivered the following:-
What this means
These changes mean annual reductions in these toxic compounds in the fuel of:-
What We Commit to in 2000/01 in Australia ..
We will do what we can, where we can, and as soon as we can.
What This Means ..
These changes in 1999 and 2000 mean annual reductions in these compounds in fuel of:-
They also mean supplying cleaner fuels up to 5 years before the Governments mandatory requirements to do so, to the benefit of the environment and the consumer. Australia will have gone from 5 years behind the advanced economy norm to be with or ahead of the pack.
This is a journey which we will travel with the community, Governments, car manufacturers, green groups, and motoring organisations.
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