A national workshop to launch the implementation of 50 ppm diesel fuel in Mauritius was held on 7 June 2012. At the launch, Hon. Devanand Virahsawmy , Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, and Hon. Cader Sayed-Hossen, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Consumer spoke of the need to reduce emissions from vehicle transportation.
The Ministers noted that land transport accounts for about 25% of the total carbon dioxide emissions in Mauritius, ranking only second to the industrial sector. The vehicle fleet in Mauritius was rapidly increasing, hence the need to adopt clean fuels and vehicle policies, for example, the vehicle population stood at 400,900 in December 2011 compared to 244,000 in December 2000.
The PCFV Clearing House also attended the launch. Periodic fuel testing is on-going to ensure 50 ppm is nationally attained, which is expected to be completely achieved in the next few weeks.