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.

Promotion of Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in North Africa - 12-14 April 2010

A sub-regional workshop, with the participation of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco took place in Rabat, Morocco on 12-14 April 2010. The PCFV and a vehicle expert from CCFA also participated. The workshop was a follow-up to public sensitisation activities carried out by the Department of Environment in the Secretariat of State for Water and the Environment of Morocco, on the introduction of cleaner fuels in Morocco. Morocco has made significant steps in implementing the cleaner fuels programme through undertaking refinery upgrade. Presently the gasoline sold is lead free and the sulphur levels in fuels are at 50 ppm or less thus making Morocco the first African country to exclusively offer low sulphur fuels.

A visit to the Samir refinery by the regional participants on the 14th offered an opportunity for participants to learn firsthand the upgrades that were undertaken by Morocco in implementing the cleaner fuels programme. Morocco will now move to promotion of cleaner vehicles and is setting up vehicles emissions testing centres. The workshop recommended the formation of a regional network for exchange of information including regulations within the three countries. The need for information exchange across borders, particularly with Europe, was proposed. Participants agreed to hold regular regional meetings with the next proposed in Algeria next year.

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