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    Gasoline consumption increases while diesel use falls

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    From 2017 to 2018, diesel use declined in Belgium, a new report says.

    The use of diesel declined by 2% while the use of gasoline increased by 10%, the Belgian Petroleum Federation said in a press release on Wednesday.

    The federation said that the sales of diesel engines are slowly declining in Belgium, even though recent tests found that diesel engines largely meet emissions standards.

    A negative perception of diesel may have also contributed to this decrease, and the perception “is not in line with today’s technological reality,” the federation says.

    The federation also decried the Brussels-Capital Region’s plan to ban diesel engine vehicles by 2030 and called instead for low-emission zones.

    Sam Nelson
    The Brussels Times