April 2011 / Volume 9, 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 Marks Move to Cleaner Fuels    

http://www.unep.org/transport/PCFV/images/lowsulphur_kenya2.jpgThe adoption of low sulphur diesel - at 500 parts per million (ppm) sulphur - by Kenya and Tanzania is set to result in cleaner diesel for the Eastern Africa region.

To mark this move, the USEPA Assistant Administrator Ms Michelle DePass, the United Nations Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner, Kenyan Assistant Minister for Petroleum Energy Hon. Magerer Lang’at, and the Assistant Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources Hon. Ramadhan Kajembe participated in an event on 18 Feb 2011 at the UN Petrol Station at Gigiri.

The event, aimed at recognizing this progress, also called for further reduction of sulphur levels in fuels to 50ppm and for segregation of the low sulphur diesel for major cities which have the highest concentration of vehicle fleets.



New Publication: Managing Two and Three Wheelers in Asia



Contribution of the PCFV to helping Sub Saharan Africa be totally free of leaded petrol validated and applauded

Lead Updates

  • Montenegro phases out lead

  • Bosnia has phased out lead

  • Serbia has phased out lead

  • Egypt now fully unleaded as from September 2010

  • North Korea confirmed as dual

Sulphur Updates

  • Central & Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Eastern DRC, Burundi & Rwanda) goes 500ppm on schedule as agreed at Eastern Africa BAQ. Next target is 50ppm from 2012

  • Tunisia legislates and commences only 50ppm imports from Jan 2011

Outcome and Influence Evaluation of the UNEP Based Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles(PCFV)

[Summary Report]    [Full Report]









Iraq Lead Phase-out workshop in Cairo on 20 - 21 April 2011

Presentation of Air Quality Monitoring Study and Clean Fuels and Vehicles Action Plan to Congress - Asuncion, Paraguay 3rd May 2011

Yemen Meeting for National Commitment Building to Phase Out Leaded Gasoline, Yemen postponed from Feb 2011. New date to be advised

The PCFV is supporting national sensitization activities in Burundi, in April, to promote low sulphur fuels as part of sustainable transport. This activity will be implemented by Proprete, Environnement et Sante (PES), a local nongovernmental organization.

The PCFV is planning a Sub-Saharan Africa regional workshop in June/July 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya on the costs and benefits of low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicles. The workshop will focus on the cities that were evaluated in the 2009 World Bank/ARA study, that also had the PCFV represented in the Steering Committee.