BP to Sell Cleaner Gasoline in Colorado

BP to Sell Cleaner Gasoline in Colorado

a href=http://www.greenbiz.com/frame/1.cfm?targetsite=http://www.bp.com>BP has announced that it will sell low-sulfur gasoline -- which contains 85% less sulfur than other fuel blends -- at gas stations in select metropolitan regions of Colorado, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Boulder.

According to BP, low-sulfur gasoline and fuels reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from vehicles, which in turn helps to reduce the formation of ground-level ozone pollution and improve air quality. The company says that continued use of the new low-sulfur gasoline in the selected Colorado regions will reduce NOx emissions at a level equivalent to removing 2,800 cars from the road each day.

The move toward selling low-sulfur fuel is part of BP’s Clean Cities program, which has provided low-sulfur gasoline to more than 110 cities around the world, including more than 40 in the U.S.

The initiative was welcomed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Denver Regional Air Quality Council, and the American Lung Association of Colorado. "EPA applauds the efforts of BP to get ahead of the curve by beginning to meet national content levels for sulfur in fuels prior to established deadlines," said Robbie Roberts, the EPA's regional administrator. "The company's interest in improving air quality is admirable and shows leadership that can stand as an example for other companies."

BP has also made investments in energy efficiency and solar power at its 16 new retail stores in Colorado. Known as "BP Connect" stores, they feature solar-powered pump canopies that generate enough energy to meet 10% to 20% of each station's overall energy demand.