BP has selected the Denver metropolitan area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder as the latest U.S. cities to receive lower sulfur gasoline as part of BP’s global Clean Cities initiative.DENVER, Colorado – June 12, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “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 EPA regional administrator Robbie Roberts. “The company’s interest in improving air quality is admirable and shows leadership that can stand as an example for other companies.” Roberts noted that the EPA has worked extensively with automobile manufacturers, the petroleum industry, states, and environmental and health experts to develop a program, that for the first time, addresses tailpipe emissions and gasoline as a single system to achieve cleaner air. “Low sulfur gasoline is important for reducing air pollution from cars and trucks in the future,” said Jim Scherer, chairman of the Regional Air Quality Council in Denver. “BP’s early introduction of this gasoline into the Denver market will allow us to realize these air quality benefits sooner.” BP’s new lower sulfur Amoco Ultimate contains 85 percent less sulfur (less than 30 parts per million) than previous Amoco Ultimate blends. This new lower sulfur fuel is being introduced six years ahead of EPA requirements for the greater Denver area. To date, BP has introduced cleaner fuels in more than 110 cities worldwide including lower sulfur premium gasoline in more than 40 U.S. cities. Within the next three years, 50 percent of BP’s global fuel sales will be cleaner fuels including new zero sulfur fuels. These lower sulfur fuels reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that contribute to ozone pollution. In the Front Range alone, continued use of Amoco Ultimate will eliminate the equivalent of up to 2,800 cars’ NOx emissions from the air every day. Polly Flinn, senior vice president for BP’s US retail operations, made the cleaner fuel announcement after a signing an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the joint development of solar education programs for Colorado students. “BP, through its solar company, has a long history of working with NREL on advancements in renewable energy,” Flinn said. “Today’s announcement on cleaner gasoline and solar education is in keeping with BP and NREL’s shared commitment to innovation, renewable energy and environmental responsibility. We’re proud to do our part to help make Denver’s ‘brown cloud’ a thing of the past.” BP also announced today it plans to invest about US25,000 into a partnership with NREL to develop education and public awareness programs in the State of Colorado focusing on renewables and energy conservation.