The Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) organized a one-day stakeholder workshop on 4 June 2014 to discuss the introduction of low sulphur fuels in Kenya - and the East Africa region – and the findings of a study commissioned by the ERC on vehicle fuel efficiency and trends in Kenya. Over 40 participants attended the workshop including representatives from Burundi and Uganda. The workshop was supported by UNEP through the CCAC and GFEI funding.
Participants were informed that the introduction of cleaner fuels in the East Africa region (low sulphur fuels) at the end of 2014 would support the import of cleaner and more efficient vehicles. The vehicle fuel efficiency study for Kenya was carried out by the University of Nairobi Enterprises Services (UNES). The study found that the average fuel economy in Kenya was not improving over the years in line with international vehicle technology advancements and that vehicle emissions were estimated to cost the country in related illnesses and death over US$ 1.3 billion in 2012. A media sensitization campaign is planned in the second half of 2014.