Three years from now, the people of Bogota will breathe better air. Today, the air is highly polluted with particulate matter (PM10).
The Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Environment will sign a resolution through which Ecopetrol, the Colombian Oil Company, is committed to provide diesel fuel with a sulphur content of 50 ppm from January 2010 onwards in Bogota. This fuel will be available in the rest of the country in 2013.
A 500 ppm sulphur diesel will be provided from July 2008 in Bogota. For the rest of the country, sulphur content will be 3000 ppm from July 2008, and 500 ppm from July 2009. These targets are tied to an investment plan by Ecopetrol in new plants for its refineries.
The Ministry of Treasury says that reaching the targets will result in an overcost by 770 pesos (0.38 USD) per gallon.