A two-day national workshop, organized by the Ministere de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature through the Direction Generale de l'Environnement, was held in Benin to discuss sulphur reduction in diesel fuels and vehicle age restrictions to improve urban air quality.
The workshop was opened by the Minister for Environment and the Protection of Nature, Hon. Justin Sossou ADANMAYI and attended by the Deputy Minister Hon. Theophile WOROU and the Secretary General Mr. Benoit AVONOMADEGBE. It brought together key stakeholders in the petroleum and vehicle industry and representatives from Nigeria, Togo and Niger-Niger relies on fuel facilities in Benin.
Benin's national standard for diesel fuel is 10,000ppm and the country also lacks vehicle import age restrictions. This has resulted in increased urban air pollution and importation of older vehicles into the neighboring countries of Nigeria and Togo through Benin.
The workshop recommended public sensitization on the benefits of low sulphur fuels in cooperation with the civil society, a regional approach to importation of low sulphur, and formation of an inter-ministerial committee to implement sulphur reduction in the country.