May 2010 / Volume 8, Issue 1


The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles is the leading global initiative promoting better urban air quality through the use of clean fuels and vehicles.

Kenya and Tanzania adopt low sulphur fuels standard

Kenya and Tanzania have formally adopted low sulphur fuel standard of 500 parts per million (ppm) for all imported fuel from the current standard of 5000 ppm. Both standards were approved in April 2010 and are in the process of implementation. For Kenya, only imported fuels into the country will be subject to the 500 ppm standard until the Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL) is upgraded in the next four years to produce low sulphur fuels. A special waiver has been granted to allow the upgrade of KPRL which produces 5000-10000 ppm sulphur fuels.

This move by Kenya and Tanzania is in line with the East Africa Regional Framework Agreement on Air Pollution (Nairobi Agreement-2008) made in October 2008 at the UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi. The agreement, adopted by Ministers from the region, specifies that countries shall “Enact regulations to reduce sulphur in imported motor fuels to 500ppm by end of 2010 and commit necessary refinery investments to reduce sulphur in fuels to 50ppm from 2012 onwards.”

The use of low sulphur fuels in Kenya and Tanzania will significantly cut down vehicle emissions leading to improved air quality and reduced health costs especially in rapidly urbanizing and motorising cities such as Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. The move will also significantly reduce the vehicles maintenance costs. Kenya’s strategic importance as a gateway for the fuel imports for the eastern Africa region will ensure a reduction of the fuel sulphur levels in other countries of the region.


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