Is Euro 5 Really Helping Pakistan?

Air pollution has been a major problem for the world causing cardiovascular, breathing, mental, and reproductive health issues. Air pollution is held accountable for seven million deaths globally.

By Sayyed Shehzer Abbas

Pakistan is a major hit by pollution. It was listed in the most polluted countries of the world in 2019 by a study conducted by IQAir which is a Swiss air quality technology company responsible for keeping database about protection against airborne pollutants. As a result, Pakistan has decided to introduce Ultra-Low-Sulphur-Fuel (ULSF) to tackle air pollution.

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India shifted from Euro 4 to Euro 6 lately. Earlier, Pakistan was using the Euro 2 but not it has jumped to Euro 5 and its going quite popular among the locals as people became aware of the use of more refined fuel over the Euro 2. The Euro 5 will soon create friction in the local automobile and petroleum industries. The government is focused on shifting to Euro 5 completely by the end of 2021.

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The only problem that the locals might face is the installation of specialized equipment to meet the emission standards. This not only increases the prices of Euro 5 complaint parts but also the retail prices of the vehicles. Another option is to import these complaint parts, but it is even more expensive than producing them locally.

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Pakistan has been behind many other developing countries and it still has a lot to improve. This transition towards a better and newer technology might be difficult at first but when the country will be able to acquire these high standards, there won’t be any problems.

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Government’s decision for a transition to a newer emission standard will not only modernize the automobile and crude oil refinery industries but also bring a drastic change to the country’s urban air quality towards a better future where our next generations will be breathing hassle free.

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