PCFV receives political mandate clean fuels and vehicles work in Arab region
The Council of Arab Ministers responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), in their 22nd meeting held on 19-20 December 2010 at the League of Arab States, Cairo, Egypt endorsed the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) to work with countries in the region and pursue a regional approach to clean fuels and vehicles. 22 countries attended the meeting.
The league of Arab States was mandated to establish of Ad-hoc Working Group on Clean Fuels and Vehicles in the Arab Region, to prepare a detailed Road Map for the region based on an assessment of the current situation and the needs of the countries, sub-regions and region as a whole. The Road Map is to be submitted to the countries for review and comment prior submission to the League for final approval.
The Working group will work taking in consideration the priorities of the Arab countries and the experience of other regions, UNEP and relevant international and Regional organization and enhancing relevant legislations. It also mandated that the working group consist of countries experts, CAMRE Technical Secretariat, UNEP/ROWA, CEDARE, and relevant international and regional organizations.
The PCFV which has successfully completed its global lead phase-out from gasoline except for 6 countries has accelerated its campaign for low sulphur fuels.
The Council of Ministers action follows the endorsement by The Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) in a meeting held on 16 October 2010 of the PCFV Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles for Clean Air Policy Forum held in Sept 2010 in Cairo. The presentation at JCEDAR was made by UNEP’s Regional office for West Asia (ROWA) jointly with and the CAMRE Technical Secretariat and CEDARE, the PCFV strategic implementation partner for Middle East region.
It was further stated that the Working group should hold two meeting during the first half of 2011 and to submit its report to the 13th meeting. The 13th meeting of JCEDAR is to take place in the fourth quarter of 2011.