A sub-regional workshop for Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe on clean fuels and vehicles was held on 21-22 June 2007 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Deputy Minister for Energy and Mines Hon. Roy Comsy presided over the opening.
On the issue of clean fuels, the four countries agreed to lower sulphur levels in diesel fuels to 500 ppm by December 2008 and 50 ppm by 2010. To reduce vehicle emissions, it was recommended that all vehicles imported into the region as of December 2008 be fitted with catalytic converters. Fiscal incentives will be introduced to restrict the age for imported vehicles to a maximum of eight years. The implementation of these recommendations will be undertaken by the existing national task teams that were set up on leaded gasoline phase-out. Follow up sub-regional meetings on fuel standard harmonization and to monitor progress were recommended. Public sensitization was singled out as a key input to the successful implementation of these recommendations. Stuart Rayner of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa and Sara Feresu of the Air Pollution Information Network for Africa contributed to the workshop.