What can auto clubs do to promote cleaner, more sustainable transport in their countries? A sub-regional meeting on clean fuels and vehicles, held during the annual FIA Africa Council Annual Conference in Maputo, Mozambique on 11th and 12th October, 2010. The working session, organized by the FIA Foundation with support from UNEP, was attended by representatives from Southern and Eastern Africa automotive associations, automotive experts, the Vice Minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique, FIA Foundation representatives and PCFV experts. The issues of sustainable and safe modes of transportation in Africa, the safety-sustainability link in road transport, and the challenges Africa faces for the introduction of cleaner fuels and vehicles, were all debated under the umbrella of the 'Decade of Action - Road safety and sustainability' campaign with a special focus on Africa. Clubs also signed up to support the Global Fuel Economy Initiative and support data gathering efforts at the national level.
The meeting addressed such issues in light of the large growth of vehicle numbers experienced in many African countries, and the large potential for emission growth due to an increase in vehicle ownership in Africa. Safe and clean mobility is considered a critical issue in addressing issues of poverty, economic growth and environmental sustainability, not only in Africa, but globally. The meeting in Maputo addressed such issues in the context of Eastern and Southern Africa, utilizing expertise from across the region and from international experts.