A comprehensive study has confirmed that the phase out of leaded petrol contributes US$2.4 trillion (4% global GDP) to the global economy; this monetary saving is calculated by measuring social benefits such as heightened IQ levels and reduced criminality, as well as health savings from afflictions such as cardiovascular disease. This global effort to end the use of leaded petrol also translates to 1.2 million fewer deaths per year.
The study that revealed this astonishing figure, ‘the Global Benefits of Phasing out Leaded Fuel’, was conducted by Professor Thomas Hatfield, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the California State University and researcher Peter L. Tsai.
This UNEP commissioned study highlights the success of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) to phase out leaded globally. It is expected that these health and associated money savings may increase as connections between lead and additional health problems such as cancer become clearer.
Since its launch (formation) in 2002, the PCFV has supported over 100 countries to phase-out lead in petrol in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.
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