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.

Workshop on Low Carbon Transport in Kenya

A stakeholder workshop, to discuss motor vehicle emission control as a low carbon development strategy for Kenya was held on 7 April 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was organized and coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, in collaboration with Climate Network Africa, a non-governmental organisation. The main purpose of the workshop was to raise awareness and develop a road map of measures to reduce motor vehicle emissions in major cities in Kenya. UNEP gave the keynote address and made a presentation on greening transport. Participants were informed that less than 20% of vehicles are inspected, as only commercial and passenger service vehicles are subject to mandatory inspection. The Government is however in the process of enacting legislation that will require all vehicles to undergo periodic inspection. The promotion of mass transit systems and non-motorised transport were noted as additional practical interventions that would result to low-carbon transport solutions. A task team is already in place to follow up on implementation of the workshop recommendations. Similar workshops are planned in other major cities within the country.

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