• POSTPONEMENT: Mexico’s energy regulatory commission (CRE) delayed for 5 years the enforcement of a long awaited rule that mandates the state-owned oil company Pemex to distribute
ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), a decision that was heavily criticized by the private sector.
• URGENCY: “It’s urgent that the government takes action so we can have high quality ULSD and guaranteed supply throughout the national territory. Failure to do so will represent an unfair burden for carriers and will not provide environmental benefits”, said Mexico’s auto dealers association (AMDA).
• NUMBERS: Only 25% of all the 12,200 service stations across the country sell ULSD, according to Mexican freight cargo industry officials. Postponing the enforcement of the clean diesel rule was also criticized by Mexico’s motorcoach industry given their investments in newer, cleaner vehicles.
• LEEWAY: “We cant ask Pemex to make ULSD diesel…for all diesel consumption. Pemex must be given the opportunity to install all necessary equipment to achieve it”, José Alberto Celestinos, one of the new CRE commissioners and former Pemex executive himself, said in September.