January 9, 2013

Proposed Worldwide Fuel Charter 5th Edition and announcement for inviting your comment

On behalf of the Worldwide Fuel Charter Committee and JAMA, we are pleased to announce the availability of a proposed new 5th edition of the Worldwide Fuel Charter (WWFC5).  The Proposed WWFC5 provides automaker and engine manufacturer proposed recommendations for the quality of market gasoline and diesel fuel.  We invite your comments on this proposal to be submitted by February 28, 2013.  The WWFC Committee will produce a Response to Comments and a final version of the WWFC5 after reviewing any comments received. 

This proposed new edition of the WWFC differs from the 4th Edition, published in 2006, in several substantive respects as well as numerous editorial revisions.  Most noticeable will be the new Category 5, which the Committee adopted to distinguish markets with highly advanced requirements for fuel efficiency as well as for emission control.  The document also updates and expands the references to biofuels in recognition of the importance of these new blending components.  Importantly, the test method and limit for Trace Metals have been updated.

JAMA has posted this proposal on its web site at www.jama.or.jp/eco/wwfc/index.html alongside the previous edition.  We encourage you to forward this document to your members, colleagues and other interested parties and look forward to receiving your comments on this proposal. 

Please send your comments to wwfc@mta.jama.or.jp before February 28, 2013.