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[Issue 1 2012]

2008 Highlights
Air Quality Guide for Central America

The PCFV, together with the USEPA and the Kukulkan Foundation, have published a guide to air quality specifically geared to the Central America subregion: 'Central America Air Quality Regional Analysis and National/Municipal Reference Guidance'. The guide includes an analysis of current air quality status and issues in Central America and an A to Z of air quality management basics, strategies, and cost-effective control mechanisms. The reference guide is targeted to decision makers and the general public both at national and municipal levels.

Cleaner Vehicle Fleets in Central and Eastern Europe Training for Fleet Managers & National Programme Managers

Together with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), the PCFV Clearing House organized a specialized training on the use of and implementation of the Cleaner Fleet Management Toolkit (developed by UNEP and TNT in 2006/2007, available from The event was sponsored by TNT, and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM).

The toolkit contains a number of tools that, when used together, function to prepare both public and private vehicle fleet managers to (1) evaluate the impacts of their fleets on the environment and human health and (2) then develop a practical strategy for corrective and cost-effective action through a number of options (from eco driving and improved maintenance through to advanced fuels and technologies). The toolkit takes fleet managers and those interested in learning about lowering emissions from road transport through a step-by-step system that is accessible to both the experienced and beginners in the field. » Read More

Laos Press: Officials Discuss Air Quality Issues

The transport sector is one of the major contributors to worldwide concerns over climate change, global warming and other environment problems, according to Transport Department Director General Mr Viengsavath Siphandone.

Mr Viengsavath said the large number of vehicles on the roads was contributing to global warming. Officials from the Transport Department, under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) attended a workshop called partnership for clean fuels and vehicles in Vientiane yesterday. » Read More

India gazettes fuel road map for 50ppm

The Department of Road Transport and Highways, in the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways - India, published draft rules termed, Central Motor vehicles (Amendment) 2008 on emission standards amongst other regulations. Also gazetted were technical specifications for Reference Fuels which move India to Euro IV (50ppm) for 11 major cities and Euro III (350ppm) for the rest of the country by 1st April 2010.

For more please see:
The Gazette of India, Notice No 386, New Delhi July 15 2008 REGD No.D.L.-33004/99 MLV section.

Improving Urban Air Quality: Promoting Clean Fuels & Vehicles

The urgency of improving ambient air quality in Africa was underlined in a recent workshop in Addis Ababa, during which international and local experience were mulled over by a cross-section of stakeholders.

Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and expansion of cities, with Sub-Saharan Africa having the highest annual urban growth rate of around 4.58% and cities doubling in ten years. These facts culled from UNHabitat materials underlie some of the problems of urban air quality that led to the establishment of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in September 2002. The Clearing-House of the PCFV is in the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. The partnership comprises over 100 actors from governments, industry, international organizations and civil society. » Read more

Public Health Boost as Jordan switches to unleaded fuel: Saturday April 12, 2008

Many petrol stations across Jordan no longer sell leaded petrol after a government decision to switch to unleaded fuel in a bid to improve public health. Emissions from vehicles which use leaded petrol are believed to be harmful - especially to children. Medical experts say short-term exposure to high levels of lead can result in brain and kidney damage, while chronic exposure could affect the blood and central nervous system, blood pressure, kidneys and the body's ability to metabolise vitamin D. Children are particularly sensitive to the effects of lead, because they absorb lead more easily than adults and are more susceptible to its harmful effects, according to specialists. » Read more

'Environmentally friendly' cars are worse polluters than five years ago

Motorists beware - those cars promoted as "green" may not be as environmentally friendly as you think. Some new cars are more polluting than the same models were five years ago, according to a new study which is to be published this week. Among the worst offenders are cars from Renault, Honda and Daihatsu, all manufacturers that claim strong green credentials. Even models that improved their environmental performance fell well short of the minimum emissions levels now possible, the research found. » Read more

TNT Turkey Fleet Reduces CO2 Emissions, Cuts Costs while Expanding Fleet

Using the tools and strategies provided in the UNEP/TNT Clean Fleet tool, TNT Turkey designed a cleaner fleet strategy in November 2006 to meet a goal of cutting emissions by 6% by 2011. 15 months later, they have already surpassed their target with overall fleet emissions reduced by 9% and fuel cost savings of Euro 100K even as the fleet grew by 15% during the same time. TNT Turkey continues to reduce emissions through cleaner fuels and vehicles, hybrid technology, and eco driving training for operators. » Read more

Ministers of Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Adopt Low Sulphur Fuel Target

Ministers attending the Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the Dominican Republic agreed 'to promote the reduction of sulphur content in fuels, targeting a goal of 50 parts per million of sulphur with an emphasis on countries with air quality problems in their metropolitan areas.'

Decision 8 of the Forum on Better Fuels for Better Air Quality acknowledges the work of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) in the region to date, advocates improving fuel quality in LAC in line with the global goals of the PCFV, recognizes ongoing efforts by countries to improve fuel quality, and requests technical, financial and capacity support, especially at the country level. » Read more