57. The use of fossil fuel in fuel burning equipment or in an industrial furnace is prohibited if the fossil fuel has a sulphur content exceeding
(1) 1.5% (mass/mass) by weight for heavy fuel oil;
(2) 0.5% (mass/mass) by weight for light fuel oil;
(3) 1.5% (mass/mass) by weight for coal;
(4) 1.5% (mass/mass) by weight for coke; or
(5) 1.5% (mass/mass) by weight for pitch.
Despite the first paragraph, the operator of existing fuel burning equipment or industrial furnace may, until 30 June 2012, use heavy fuel oil or coal that has a sulphur content not exceeding 2% (mass/mass) by weight.
In addition, if the facilities of the operator of fuel burning equipment or an industrial furnace are situated in a territory where natural gas is accessible, the operator must use heavy fuel oil that has a sulphur content not exceeding 1% (mass/mass) by weight as of 30 June 2013.
For the purposes of the third paragraph, natural gas is considered to be accessible where it is technically possible to have access to it as long as the costs associated with natural gas do not threaten the operator’s competitiveness.
Subparagraphs 4 and 5 of the first paragraph take effect from 30 June 2012.