Under the directive of oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyer, refineries are to stop the blending of methyl cyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) into gasoline. MMT is a metal based fuel additive that marginally increases the octane rating of gasoline. This ban will effect most of India including large urban areas such as Delhi and Mumbai. >> For more info
Indonesia Launches the Lead Information Center
Jakarta, Sunday morning, May 29, 2005 - On the behalf of the Government of Indonesia, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia, Hon. Rachmat Witoelar attended the Grand Launching of the Indonesian Lead Information Center and announced "Indonesia will be lead free in 2005". The launch was also attended by various dignitariesinclusing the Director of UNEP's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Parliament, the Secretary General of the Department of Energy, and the Vice Governor of Greater Jakarta. The Minister of Environment then lead the green-cycling activity that was watched and followed by thousands of participants. The event ended with a press conference focused on the necessity to end leaded gasoline use in Indonesia.
Leaded Gasoline to be Phased-out in The Gambia
In a recent workshop in March 2005, organised by the PCFV Clearing-House at UNEP and the Gambian Government; a bold decision to phase- out lead completely in gasoline and to allow only the import of vehicles equipped with catalytic converters, was made by the Gambian Authorities. This decision is to come into force at the end of July 2005. For further details, please see the workshop report:
US EPA's Diesel Bus Retrofit Project in Mexico City
The US EPA's joint project with Mexico City results in publicity and excitement. Newly retroffited buses and displays were on show The US Ambassador preformed a "white glove" test to show how clean the vehicle emissions were. The buses use ultra-low sulphur diesel at only 15 ppm sulphur.
Côte d'Ivoire no longer producing leaded petrol!
The PCFV Clearing-House has received notice from the government of Côte d'Ivoire that it is no longer producing leaded petrol! The government lowered the octane level from 93 to 91 RON, and now lead is no longer necessary. There are remaining stocks of leaded petrol in the country, but those are expected to be used up by the end of March 2005. Congratulations to Côte d'Ivoire!!