Mauritius becomes the first Sub-Saharan African country to adopt 50 ppm diesel
Mauritius is the first Sub-Saharan country to meet the PCFV sulphur target of 50 ppm for diesel fuels, making it only the third African country to achieve 50 ppm diesel nationally, following the example set by Morocco and Tunisia.
In mid-March 2012 the Mauritius government implemented a measure to ensure that imported diesel was restricted to maximum sulphur levels of 50ppm; it is expected that a nationwide 50 ppm diesel grade will be achieved after about two months, through the gradual dilution of existing higher sulphur diesel. Both the Minister and the Senior Chief Executive and Supervising Officer of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development are supportive of the move to low sulphur fuels, recognizing it as a crucial step towards lowering vehicle emissions.
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) began working with the Mauritius government following their initial August 2010 move to reduce diesel fuel sulphur levels from 2500 ppm to 500 ppm. The move to restrict imports to 50 ppm diesel is a culmination of PCFV sponsored activities. Some of the activities supported by the PCFV include a low sulphur national workshop; a media sensitization campaign; and the formation of multi-stakeholder national task team to oversee the implementation.
The PCFV welcomes this move and looks forward to working with Mauritius towards a cleaner vehicles strategy.