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East Africa region pilots the PCFV clean fuels and vehicles regulatory toolkit

The PCFV is developing a clean fuels and vehicles regulatory toolkit that introduces the ‘systems approach’ to fuel and vehicle improvements. The toolkit will guide developing and transition countries to reduce vehicular emissions through the adoption of a clear and concise road map towards cleaner fuels and vehicle emission standards. For optimal air quality and health benefits, fuels and vehicle standards are best developed and introduced through a ‘systems approach’, where vehicle standards are developed and implemented in coordinate with the appropriate fuel standards. Unfortunately, in many developing countries the adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicle emission standards is not coordinated, and lacks a clear long term implementation strategy. As a result the potential emissions reductions expected from moving to cleaner fuels are not fully achieved. The toolkit, supported by the USEPA and Environment Canada, is being prepared by Michael Walsh -an internationally renowned fuels and vehicles expert.

The draft toolkit was piloted in the East African region in September, 2014 to collect the views of stakeholders before it is finalized. The East African region was selected for the piloting because the sub-region is in the process of switching to harmonized low sulphur fuel standards (50 ppm diesel and 150 ppm petrol) from January 2015. A sub-regional workshop was held on 15-16 September, followed by national workshops in Tanzania (18 September), Uganda (22 September), Rwanda (24 September), Burundi (26 September) and Ethiopia (29 September).

Participants at all the workshops appreciated the need to adopt a ‘systems approach’ to the implementation of cleaner fuels and vehicles regulations. All the countries pointed to the importance of capacity building of all stakeholders involved in the implementation of such an approach - particularly of those involved in regulating and enforcing vehicle emission standards. Stakeholders also called for continued sensitization of the decision makers and the public on the benefits of reducing vehicle emissions though the progressive adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicle standards. Once finalized, an on-line version of the toolkit will be developed for wide use in more regions.

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