Barbados - Move to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (15 ppm) in Barbados from Dec 2013
Barbados is the first island in the Caribbean to officially move from High Sulfur Diesel (5,000 ppm) to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD 15 ppm).
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) provided technical advice on cleaner fuels to the Environmental Protection Department of Barbados to assist in the decision making process for cleaner fuel standards and the move to ULSD.
Leaded petrol phase out saves over US$2.4 trillion
A comprehensive study has confirmed that the phase out of leaded petrol contributes US$2.4 trillion (4% global GDP) to the global economy; this monetary saving is calculated by measuring social benefits such as heightened IQ levels and reduced criminality, as well as health savings from afflictions such as cardiovascular disease. This global effort to end the use of leaded petrol also translates to 1.2 million fewer deaths per year.
As a test of endurance and to promote electric vehicles in Africa, UNEP flagged off a Venturi-powered electric car and its driver Xavier Chevrin for a 4,800-kilometer trip from Nairobi to Johannesburg. The trip, which started on 10 May, will see Xavier drive from Kenya through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana into South Africa.
Fleet operators show interest in in learning from UNEP how to reduce their transport carbon footprint
Fleet Forum announced in March 2012 that it is partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to conduct a series of Clean Fleet Strategy workshops. The workshops are aimed at training vehicle fleet managers to operate their vehicle fleets more efficiently and effectively through use of a unique UNEP clean fleet management toolkit. Designed specifically by UNEP for vehicle fleets use, the toolkit measures the fleets’ carbon footprint and has demonstrable, quantifiable consequent savings in fuel/vehicle maintenance and lower pollution emissions.
The first of the workshops will be held on May 8 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya with another in April in Geneva. Others are planned to be held in London, Latin America and Asia over the course of the year.
Major Global Benefits as World Nears Leaded Petrol Elimination
The results are in: the global effort to end the use of leaded petrol translates into 1.2 million fewer deaths per year with economic benefits of US$2.4 trillion per year.
The study was commissioned by UNEP on behalf of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, conducted by Professor Thomas Hatfield, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of State University Northridge in California and researcher Peter L. Tsai. The study entitled Global Benefits of Phasing Out Leaded Fuel will be published in theJournal of Environmental Health in December 2011.
The desk-based analysis of numerous previous studies on the costs of lead extrapolated from U.S. to global values, and found that the economic annual benefits of lead elimination in petrol are over US$900 billion in Asia, while in Africa benefits are close to US$100 billion.
Vietnam sets vehicle emission standards and fuel quality roadmap
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved a new motor vehicle emission standard in an effort to mitigate air pollution caused by motor vehicle emissions last 1 September 2011.
Under the roadmap, automobiles will be required to comply with Euro 4 emission standards by January 1, 2017 with further tightening to Euro 5 emission standards starting January 1, 2022.
Motorcycles manufactured, assembled or newly imported will be required to comply with Euro 3 emission standards beginning January 1, 2017.
Parallel to these efforts, the Government is also set to improve fuel quality standards by leapfrogging to Euro 4 beginning 1 January 2016 and eventually moving up to Euro 5 by 1 January 2021.
Estimates indicate that there are currently about 1.2 to 1.3 million automobiles and 33 million motorbikes in Vietnam. With Vietnam’s rapid urbanization and sustained high economic growth, these vehicles are expected to increase substantially in the near future. The vehicle emissions and fuel quality roadmap can greatly ensure that future automobiles and motorcycles will be cleaner.
Contribution of the PCFV to helping Sub Saharan Africa be totally free of leaded petrol validated and applauded
After an intensive UNEP evaluation on the PCFV leaded gasoline phase-out in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), conducted by a third Party, the report has found that meeting the target of a lead free SSA –some 48 countries - would not have been achieved without the contributions of PCFV and other players. The UNEP appointed Consultants found that both UNEP and the PCFV made a substantial contribution achieved in four and a half years.
The evaluators stating that The PCFV is often cited as one of the most successful examples of this instrument said that “this evaluation has confirmed its results and analysed the factors, which enabled these to be achieved.” The Consultants further stated that although it is not possible to attribute the phase-out of leaded fuel to the support provided at these three levels by UNEP, or indeed to PCFV as an institution, it Quote “… is clear that the phase-out would not have been achieved in anywhere near the same timescale without them”
The Consultants particularly commended UNEP for operating at three levels, (1) as a high level advocate to Governments, influencing support in the right places; (2) as a channel to resources within the Partnership, and as (3) a facilitator and supporter of activities at various levels particularly at the country level.
Citing several key factors for this success the consultants, commended the Clearing-House for its, quote” High quality management and staff” as one of these factors.
A summary report as well as the full independent evaluation report can be accessed here >>
Tanzania to phase out high sulphur in diesel
THE government through the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) will phase out from the local market high sulphur content diesel effective from January 1 next year.
A statement issued on Monday by the authority's Director General, Mr Haruna Masebu noted that the move aimed at protecting human health and environment.
"For quite some time, diesel that had been extensively sold in the local market consisted of higher, than was internationally accepted, sulphur content (5000ppm). This product has been phased out in many countries in the best interest of human health and safety, as well as to protect the environment," reads part of the statement.
GFEI Launch in Central Eastern Europe and Latin America
The launch of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) in Central and Eastern Europe will occur in Szentendre, Hungary on the 17th-18th of March. The Central and Eastern European (CEE) Regional Dialogue Sessionwill be hosted by the Regional Environment Centre (REC), along with UNEP and FIA Foundation, and will aim to build a regional policy engagement network in order to promote greater fuel economy policies. The GFEI Initiative will target 24 countries in the CEE and EECCA regions with the goal of establishing links and relationships with industries, groups, NGOs, and governments throughout the region. This will help to put CEE and EECCA on track to reaching the 50by50 target.
The Latin American launch of the GFEI will take place in Mexico City on March 8th-9th, hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Mexico (SEMARNAT), the National Institute of Ecology (INE) and UNEP. This event, Climate Change Mitigation: The Importance of Passenger vehicle Standard,will discuss the importance of drastically improving the fuel economy of passenger vehicles by 50% by 2050 in Mexico and the region in order to mitigate against adverse climate change effects and rising global greenhouse gas emissions.
Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) nominated for International King Boudewijn Price (Belgium)
The European Union, through its DG EuropeAid Mr. Koos Richelle, has nominated the UNEP lead Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) for the International King Boudewijn Price (Belgium). EU is one of the major supporters of the PCFV.
Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF)
December 17th, 2009. The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) launched the Global Partnership for low-carbon and climate-friendly technologies. The Global Partnership report considers the Global Fuel Economy Initiative's "50By50" campaign key to achieving large reductions in global greenhouse gas levels and CO2 emissions. The report calls the 50by50 GFEI "an example of a mechanism with an ambitious long-term target that could focus discussion on advanced vehicles and fuels within the international community", and officially endorses the GFEI as an opportunity to accelerate development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies. The MEF report further recognizes the GFEI as a vital part of coordinated global activities and global partnerships to combat climate change and ensure reductions in greenhouse gases in the near and long-term future.
Global roll out of Fleet Management toolkit takes off ...
Since the launch of the UNEP "Clean Fleet Management Toolkit" in November 2008 in Asia, at the BAQ 2008, its use by companies has rapidly expanded both in Asia and in other regions. A total number of 212 individuals in 100 companies have been trained in its use to date. The training has taken place in 12 PCFV organized workshops and training sessions in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Middle East.
The latest training was in Santiago, Chile on 24-25 September 2009 and twenty one fleet managers participated, both public and private from 7 countries in the region (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Uruguay). This was the very first UNEP Clean Fleet Management Toolkit training in Latin America and the PCFV, together with the Centro Mario Molina Center Chile, made this launch.
Indian GFEI Launch
The Government of India announced on November 25th that it will engage with the 50BY50 Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). This announcement was made at the GFEI Indian Symposium in Delhi, where the Transport Minister Kamal Nath proclaimed that the government may soon put in place an inspection and certification regime to check emissions of vehicles, and promote fuel efficient transportation. Minister Nath also announced just before the symposium that by 2011 energy-efficiency labels will be mandatory for all new vehicles sold in India. The symposium brought together high level delegates from industry, government, international agencies and NGOs, and was the launch of the GFEI in India.
Jamaica Automobile Association to cut emissions and fuel consumption following the First Clean Fleet Management Training in Latin America and the Caribbean
Following his participation in the first Clean Fleet Management Training in Latin America and the Caribbean, that took place in September 2009 in Chile, Mr. Duane Ellis, Operations Manager of the Jamaica Automobile Association, has targeted cuts in emissions and fuel consumption for its fleet management procedures.
'After completing the programme, I formulated a plan to implement the lessons I learned,' Mr. Ellis said. The initial fleet management objectives identified are: a reduction in air pollutants by 20 percent, a cut in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 10 percent and fuel savings of 10 percent. This reduction in the environmental impact of the 127 vehicles it manages, is to be achieved through driver education programmes to focus on Eco Driving and other driving techniques; driver incentive programmes; penalties for guideline breaches; and the use of GPS to monitor driving habits. 'The JAA has a total membership of 34,000, including other organisations which control fleets of vehicles, and we will be sharing the benefits of Eco Driving with them through a wider education programme.'
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has rolled out an initiative aimed at reducing sulphur levels in diesel to cut down pollution caused by vehicles in Kenya. It wants the government to introduce new rules to cut the level to 500 parts per million (ppm) in imported diesel from January next year to protect the environment.
Progress in understanding of Global and Regional black carbon emissions, including transport sector
The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Transport Unit and the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) work together on defining and communicating black carbon emissions from transport, mitigation measures, and the importance of addressing road transport emissions for both CO2 and non-CO2 reduction. The recent International Workshop on Black Carbon in Latin America, held in Mexico City in October 2009 addressed the impact of black carbon emissions in several economic sectors and the contribution of black carbon and CO2 to climate change.
Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles participates in Clean Air Month to mark renewed focus on air quality
Marking the start of the Clean Air Month in November, Hon. Jose Atienza, Jr., Secretary of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged local governments to take action to
improve air quality. "The Clean Air Act and national government efforts are not enough to solve this
problem," he said at a workshop for cities yesterday. "The real implementation happens in our cities, our
Support for implementation of Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme in Vietnam grows
The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), represented by the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), strongly supports the implementation of a project in Vietnam under the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme. This programme is supported by the Partnership of Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center. The Vietnam Clean Air Network (VCAP) supports the activities in Vietnam.
NEWS from Katmandu, Nepal, Aug 11: Euro III standard fuels to be introduced
The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has announced that it is bringing high octane petrol and diesel of Euro III standard from April 2010 according to the Republica Newspaper of Aug 11, 2009. The lower sulphur fuel will give better mileage and increase engine efficiency and also emit low carbon monoxide and harmful particulates and thus, help control environmental pollution that has soared due to increase in the consumption of low grade fuel.
Mr. Mukunda Dhungel, NOC spokesperson, informed that the corporation would start supplying 91-octane petrol throughout the country from April next year, switching from 88-octane petrol that it has been supplying at present. Also it will supply Euro III standard diesel, which will contain low sulphur than existing 0.5 percent.
As the standard of fuel that IOC supplies to Nepal is equivalent to the one it distributes all over India, change in regime automatically facilitated the much-sought change in Nepal.
NEWS from Islamabad, Pakistan, July 5: Lower sulphur Fuels to be introduced
The Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) Director General Mr. Asif S. Khan announced that “By December 2011, Euro II compliant diesel will be available in Pakistan with 0.05 per cent sulphur content.” Mr Khan said under the Pakistan Clean Air Programme, a multi-pronged approach to bring down air pollution, sulphur in diesel had been brought down from one percent to 0.6 percent.
“There is a positive response from Pakistan Automotive Association and the Engineering Development Board, and notifications have been issued by the Ministry of Petroleum giving six months lead time to all vehicle manufacturers for Euro II compliance by July 2012,” the Pak-EPA chief said.
Vehicular exhausts, containing a range of toxic substances, are suffocating Islamabad, according to health experts and environmentalists. More >>
Moving Toward Clean Vehicles and Fuels: A Global Overview
Since the end of World War II, the world's motor vehicle population has seen strong and steady growth. Over the past six decades, it has gradually spread from North America to Europe and now Asia and, to a lesser extent, Latin America. Vehicles have brought many perceived improvements to people's lives, but they have also changed many cities into sprawling conurbations, developed a huge thirst for oil, become a major source of air pollution, and now are the most rapidly growing contributor to climate change. » More
This article appears in the June 2009 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; www.awma.org). To obtain copies and reprints, please contact A&WMA directly at 1-412-232-3444.
Cleaner air from reduced emissions could save millions of lives, says report.
Tackling climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions could save millions of lives because of the cleaner air that would result, according to a recent study.
Researchers predict that, by 2050, about 100 million premature deaths caused by respiratory health problems linked to air pollution could be avoided through measures such as low emission cars. The economic benefits of saving those lives in developing countries such as China and India could also strengthen the negotiating hand of the UK and Europe at a crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen this December. » More
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) team receives a special commendation from the 2008 UNEP Baobab Awards
The DTIE Clearing-House team of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), part of the UNEP Transport Unit based in Nairobi, has grown tremendously since the its launch at the WSSD in 2002. The Clearing-House has assisted numerous countries to eliminate leaded petrol which saw them garner the UN 21 award for programming from the Secretary General. The team, led by Rob de Jong consists of national and international staff » More
Fuel Quality and Vehicle Emission Standards Overview
REC Caucasus with the support from the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) developed publication - Fuel Quality and Vehicle Emission Standards Overview for the Azerbaijan Republic, Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation.
The Overview is based on the information gathered for and discussions during the first Conference on Clean Fuels and Vehicles for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia hosted by REC Caucasus on January 24-25, 2008 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (For more information, please, visit http://www.rec-caucasus.org/recc/index.php?f=12&su=12030010066&t=index or http://www.unep.org/pcfv/meetings/tiblisimeeting.asp)
This report summarizes the result of data collection on fuel quality and vehicle emission standards and technology used at the national level in nine countries within the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region.
The publication was presented and disseminated among the partner organisations during the 7th Global Partnership Meeting (GPM) held on April 28-29, 2009 in Szentendre, Hungary.