From next year, the quality of the oil will be controlled by the state as at the moment no office carries out fuel quality control and the product testing depends on the goodwill of the business.
Starting 2016, a department established within the Environmental Supervision Service under the Ministry of Environment protection will control the fuel compatibility with the norms set by the Georgian legislation. If violations are revealed, business operators will be fined on GEL 8 -10 thousand. The environment ministry has already sent the appropriate changes to the government. In a case of the government’s approval, the bill will be discussed by the legislature.
In the words of air-protection chief specialist at the Environment Protection and Natural Resources Ministry Noe Megrelishvili, inspection is expected to start in late spring or summer of next year but before the preparatory work will be carried out, in particular, legislation will be improved and the tender for fuel laboratory research will be announced.
In particular, in 2016 Euro 5 standard will be introduced, while since 2017 all of the other components will move to Euro 5.
In addition, the launch of the eco-labeling is also planned, which means that eco standard will be granted to the business operators who will import the fuel of higher quality than established, all this will promote awareness of the population of the type of fuel they buy.
The initiative to impose the state control over the quality of the fuel belongs to the Union of Oil Products Importers. As the Chairman of the Union Vano Mtvralashvili told CBW, this is caused by two reasons.
The first is that in recent years the number of the small companies that are selling poor quality fuel at a lower price has increased that creates noncompetitive environment for bona fide entrepreneurs.
The second major reason is the protection of environment. Vano Mtvralashvili notes that the number of vehicles has increased by 10% in the recent period, which increases imports of fuel, therefore, the country should import a fuel that meets certain standards and causes less pollution of environment.