The Supreme Court-appointed environment panel on Friday directed oil companies to hand over a list of all their dealers to ensure that high-polluting petcoke and furnance oil is not rolled out in the market across Delhi and neighbouring states.
The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) in a meeting held here with the oil companies including Reliance, Indian Oil, Bharat Petrolium and others, has warned that the sale of petcoke will be considered contempt of court.
Petcoke and furnace oil are used as fuel across India though being more polluting than diesel.
Banned across several countries, petcoke is made from the residue of the petroleum refineries and contains very high volume of sulphur and other major pollutants.
The manufacturing of petcoke results in emission of carbon dioxide, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulhpur dioxide and traces of heavy metals, according to Central Pollution Control Board. Overall, there are 35 major industries including thermal power plants that use petcoke.