A sub-regional workshop on vehicle emissions reduction strategies was held in Abidjan on 30-31 August 2010. The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Environment, Ivory Coast and supported by the PCFV, was attended by participants from Ghana, Benin, Mali and Togo, and a vehicle expert from South Africa.
The workshop was convened to discuss measures for sulphur reduction in fuels, importation of cleaner vehicles and vehicle emission testing as steps towards reducing vehicle emissions. The experiences of South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Mali and Togo were presented to give a background on the status of vehicles and fuels, and measures taken by countries to address air pollution.
The participants discussed and made recommendations for reducing motor vehicles emissions and improving air quality at the regional and national level. The proposed measures include ensuring that all motor vehicle imports have functioning catalytic converters by 2011, adoption of AFRI 2 specifications for petrol and diesel by the end of 2010, and strengthening sub-regional cooperation in the fight against the smuggling of fuel.
During the meeting, Ivory Coast announced plans to move to 50ppm fuels and upgrade its fuel refinery by 2016. This a significant step in cleaning up of fuels in the West African region as Ivory Coast is the main fuel exporter to the region. The PCFV is also supporting countries of West Africa to form national task teams for developing road maps for importation of low sulphur fuels and adoption of cleaner vehicle technologies.
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