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Partnership Newsletter


[Issue 1 2012]

Low Sulphur Diesel Awareness in Kenya

The UNEP based Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) in collaboration with the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) have just completed an awareness campaign to promote low sulphur diesel among public transporters in the country. The activities are supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The PCFV and PIEA are also in discussion with the Kenyan Government to segregate and market the low sulphur diesel in the two largest cities - Nairobi and Mombasa - that have close to 80% of the country’s vehicle population.

All imports of diesel fuel into Kenya and for the export market are now low sulphur – at 500ppm, but fuels produced by the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited (KPRL) still have high sulphur levels. The government has granted a special waiver to the refinery as upgrading plans are underway. Public transport and bulk goods transport is almost exclusively diesel fuelled and often the largest polluters, thus the need to target this group. Two training sessions for service station pump attendants in Nairobi and Mombasa were held on 5 and 19 October, 2010 respectively. Two additional workshops for public transporters were held on 2 and 17 November, 2010 in both cities. The details are below: