Regional Conference on Better Air Quality in African Cities (BAQ-Africa 2006): 25-28 July 2006 Nairobi, Kenya
This conference aims to bring the air quality impacts of human and economic activity to the forefront of decision making in Sub-Saharan Africa. With one of the highest rates of urbanization worldwide, air quality in cities in the region is rapidly degenerating. Finding and implementing solutions early on is a cost-effective approach to minimizing the effects of poor air quality on human health. >>Read more
Policy Development Meeting for the Middle East and North Africa: June 2006, Cairo
This meeting was hosted jointly by the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles and the Asian Clean Fuels Association . The gathering learnt from the pooled experiences of countries in the region and international experts and arrived at possible national plans of action to alleviate the growing scale of urban air pollution in Arab cities caused by vehicles, some of which are amongst the worst in the world. UNEP offices in Bahrain, Nairobi and Cairo were instrumental to the organisation of this meeting, this conference is seen as a first step of many steps to come in a process to bring about better air quality for the Arab states. >>Read more
Serbia: Directions for Leaded Gasoline Phase-Out: 8 May 2006, Belgrade
Against the background of privatisation preparations for the Novi Sad and Pancevo refineries, the one-day Serbia roundtable focused in particular on the continued use of leaded gasoline in the country. Serbia is one of the last places in Europe still using leaded fuel (Bosnia & Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia are the others). Leaded makes up around 58% of the Serbian petrol market and the current deadline for its ban is 2010. For presentations (in Serbian), agenda and list of participants see the REC website >>.
Building on Cleaner Fuels in Turkey: 4 May 2006, Ankara, Turkey
As part of ongoing EU approximation, Turkey has banned the use of leaded petrol as of 1 January 2006. The Turkish refinery sector has undertaken significant investments to lower the level of sulphur in diesel fuel to as low as 10 ppm, but higher sulphur fuels (up to 7,000 ppm diesel) are still allowed on the market during a transitional period through to 2007. As of 1 January 2007 all new cars will be required to meet Euro IV emissions requirements, but there is a need for greater cooperation between the government, fuel and automobile sectors to spur consumer demand for low-sulphur fuels as newer vehicle technology becomes standard in the country. The one-day national workshop on 4 May in Ankara, Turkey was organized in cooperation with the Regional Environmental Center's Turkey office. Presentations (mainly in Turkish) and a final report in English are now available on the REC website >>
FIA Foundation and Automobile Association of Brazil Host Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Event for Latin American Auto Clubs: 15 March 2006, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The FIA Foundation, a PCFV Partner and non-profit federation of motoring organisations, in cooperation with the Automobile Association of Brazil (AAB) and with support from the Clearing-House of the PCFV, organised a one-day workshop on March 15th, 2006 on cleaner fuel and vehicle issues for Latin American automobile club representatives and participants from the Brazilian government, national fuel and vehicle industries, international organizations and regional NGOs. This was the first event for auto clubs addressing cleaner fuel and vehicle issues in the region. Read more >>
A national training seminar on cleaner vehicles and vehicle technology: 13 March 2006, Sofia, Bulgaria
Strategies for cleaner vehicle fleets are of interest as the country grapples with its ageing vehicle fleet (40% of the vehicles in Bulgaria are over 20 years old). Around 70% of the diesel fuel sold in the country is already at 50 ppm sulphur, while the rest is at 350 ppm. Michael Walsh, Associate Partner of the PCFV, presented information on cleaner technology for new and existing vehicles, incentives used in other countries for their promotion, and sustainable transport strategies and case studies. Seminar information and presentations are available on the REC website.