John J. Mooney and Carl D. Keith have been awarded the National Medal of Technology for the invention, application to automobiles, and commercialization of the three-way catalytic converter. Through their persistent efforts, this technology is the key emission-control component in all new light-duty vehicles in the United States and throughout the world.
The National Medal of Technology is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed on American innovators by the President of the United States. It celebrates remarkable people whose vision, creativity, and brilliance truly reflect the uniquely American spirit of innovation. That spirit makes it possible for our country to lead the world in scientific discovery and technological development. These American innovators are a wellspring of opportunity, employment, and progress for the entire country. More than that, they also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of innovators, so necessary to Americas future.
Established by Congress in 1980, the National Medal of Technology has been presented by the President of the United States since 1985. A distinguished, independent committee evaluates the merits of all candidates nominated through an open, competitive solicitation process. Committee recommendations are forwarded to the secretary of Commerce, who then makes recommendations to the President for a final decision. The U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Administration is responsible for administering the National Medal of Technology.
CONGRATULATIONS to John and Carl on this achievement!
US EPA to launch Diesel Retrofit Pilot Project in Mexico
EPA is now accepting grant applications to assist the government of Mexico in implementing a diesel retrofit demonstration project designed to reduce pollution from a heavy-duty diesel bus fleet in Mexico City. This retrofit project will include the use of EPA verified or certified pollution reduction retrofit technology and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The project will investigate the costs and in-use effectiveness of diesel particulate filters, diesel oxidation catalysts, and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel under Mexican operating conditions.
A number of new Partners join Partnership!
In the past month, the Partnership has had a number of new Partners sign on. They include:
Le Ministre de l'Environnement, Conservation de la Nature, Eaux et Forts of the Democratic Republic of Congo
FIA Foundation - FIA Foundation's objectives are to promote road safety, the environment and sustainable mobility
The Partnership warmly welcomes these new Partners, and looks forward to future work with them.
Launch of Phase II of UNEP's Leaded Petrol Phase-out Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa
UNEP launched Phase II of its initiative to phase-out leaded gasoline in Sub-Saharan Africa. The launch featured presentations by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Tpfer, the Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors of Royal Dutch Shell Group, Sir Philip Watts, and a speech by the Ambassador of The Netherlands to Kenya, Ms. Tanya Van Gool.
Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment joins Partnership
The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment was established in June 1999, and the fundamental objectives of the Ministry are to secure a quality environment adequate for good health and well-being; conserve and use the environment and natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations; and restore and renew, maintain and enhance the ecosystems and ecological processes essential for the functioning of the biosphere so as to preserve biological diversity and the principle of optimum sustainable yield in the use of renewable natural resources and ecosystems.
Lawyers' Environmental Action Team joins Partnership
LEAT carries out policy research, advocacy, and selected public interest litigation. Its membership largely includes lawyers concerned with environmental management and democratic governance in Tanzania.
Petroleum Institute of East Africa joins Partnership
The PIEA's mission is to be the centre in Eastern Africa for the advancement and dissemination of technical, economic and professional knowledge relating to the International Oil and Gas Industry, to act as a forum for all with interest in the Petroleum Industry for the advancement and safety of the Industry.
Government takes decision to eliminate leaded petrol
Following a workshop convened by the World Bank earlier this year, and in line with the Dakar Declaration target to eliminate leaded petrol by end-2005, the Government of Mauritania took a decision on 25 June 2003 to eliminate leaded petrol. New fuel specifications for importers will be published in coming months.
ELCI join Partnership
Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation, established in 1974, with the aim of strengthening communication and co-operation between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society, providing liaison between NGOs and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), building the capacities of environmental NGOs in developing countries, and encouraging the advisory role of NGOs through the international environmental conventions and organs of the United Nations.
Ethiopia to be fully unleaded by January 2004
The Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise - the sole supplier of fuel products in the country - announced that the country will go fully unleaded as of 1 January 2004, stating it had already started importing unleaded fuel for some time and that it has approximately one month's supply stored thus far. The announcement was made at a recent workshop in Addis Ababa, 12-13 June 2003, which was sponsored by The World Bank, with support from the Clearing-House. It is expected that it will take about six months for Ethiopia to flush the leaded gasoline out of petrol station storage facilities and other holding tanks, and that the country will be fully unleaded by January 2004. With this action, Ethiopia illustrates their commitment to and brings closer the main objective of the Dakar Declaration - to eliminate leaded gasoline in Sub-Saharan Africa by end-2005 - as well as goals of the Action Plan agreed at the Sub-regional Conference on the Phase-out of Leaded Gasoline in East Africa, organised by UNEP (June 2002). The Clearing-House sincerely congratulates the Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise, and looks forward to continued action by and cooperation with the Government and others in the promotion of clean fuels and vehicles.
Southern Centre for Energy and Environment
The Southern Centre for Energy and Environment is an independent research organisation registered in Zimbabwe. The main objectives of the Centre are to provide well-researched and documented information for decision making by government and the private sector. The Centre's activities are targeted at providing strategic information for environment protection through implementation of technically sound sustainable development options as well as the implementation of sustainable development policy.
Italy and UN-DESA Initiate Technical Cooperation Project
The Government of Italy has signed a Technical Cooperation Trust Fund Project with UN-DESA. The main objective of the project is to contribute to activities undertaken by DESA in support of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles. The project will: assist in the identification and development of new technical cooperation projects to eliminate lead from and reduce sulfur in gasoline and diesel fuels; promote public awareness of innovative policies with regard to fuel and vehicle standards and controls; and assist developing countries in formulating and implementing action plans for the elimination of lead and phase-down of sulfur.
Technical Experts Group Meeting on the Phase Out of Leaded Gasoline in Sub-Saharan African Countries
The Technical Experts Group Meeting on the Phase Out of Leaded Gasoline in Sub-Saharan African Countries was held Bamako, Mali from 27-29 March 2003.
The objectives of the meeting were to: (1) bring together technical experts from SSA countries to evaluate progress made in the various sub-regions towards phasing out of leaded gasoline; and (2) draw up a programme of action with a specific timeframe, toward phasing out leaded gasoline in the continent.