A national workshop to discussion ways to reduce vehicle emissions through low sulphur fuels and import of more fuel efficient vehicles was held on 5-6 December 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Over 40 participants from various government agencies, the oil sector, vehicle industry, civil society and the academia were in attendance. The Permanent Secretary, represented by Mr. James Banaabe, the Commissioner for Energy Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development opened the workshop. Also in attendance were representatives from UNEP, UNDP, and the Chair of the Energy Parliamentary Committee. Participants were informed of the growing challenges facing the transport sector in Uganda and Kampala in specific including congestion, increasing vehicle pollution and import of old second-hand vehicles.
For example, 2011 saw an increase of over 18% in newly registered vehicles. It was also noted that the transport sector in Uganda accounts for bulk of greenhouse gases emitted in the country. A road map detailing actions to be taken by various stakeholders with timelines to improve fuel efficiency in the transport sector was prepared by the participants. A task force was proposed to follow up the implementation of the road map