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.

Tunisia formally unleaded and using low sulphur fuels

Tunisia has formally announced the phase out of leaded fuel by January 2010 and adoption of new sulphur level standards for gasoline at 50 parts per million (ppm) and gasoil at 10 ppm in conformity to European standards (EN 590 January 2005+AC). The country will, however, continue to market gasoil with a maximum of 3000 ppm sulphur until later next year. Plans are also underway for the refinery upgrade. This was communicated to the Clearing House of the PCFV through a note verbal from the Tunisian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

UNEP through the PCFV has been supporting various national and regional activities to promote cleaner fuels and vehicle technologies in Tunisia notably the Better Air Quality Workshop for North Africa that was jointly held with the Tunisian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) in November 2009 in Tunis. The Government of Tunisia is also making significant efforts to improve the transport sector through innovative approaches including the electric rail system and non-motorized transport (NMT) provisions in Tunis.

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