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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1999

NEWS...
BP Amoco to Provide Cleaner Fuels


Item #d99jan39

A news item distributed by the USEPA quoted John Browne, CEO of BP Amoco, announcing at the Detroit Economic Club that his company will begin providing cleaner fuels to 40 cities worldwide within two years. These formulations will be produced with a new technology that provides fuels with minimal or no sulfur content. Sulfur in gasoline adds to air pollution and acid precipitation. His speech also touched on climate change, for which, he said, “the evidence is too serious to ignore.” BP has previously set a target of reducing emissions from its refineries, oil fields, and petrochemical plants by at least 10% by the year 2010 from a 1990 baseline. That commitment has now been extended to cover Amoco’s activities, as well. He also welcomed the U.S. government’s support for legislation that will give credit to companies who take early action on greenhouse-gas emissions, which he called “an important incentive to start making progress immediately.” BP has already set up a trading system within the company to cut emissions in the most cost-effective way, and that system will be expanded during the next 18 months to include all the activities of BP Amoco. The full text of his speech is available on the BP Amoco website at http://www.bpamoco.com/_nav/pressoffice/indexs.htm.

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