Promoting fuel efficient vehicle though cleaner fuels in Uganda
A national workshop to discussion ways to reduce vehicle emissions through low sulphur fuels and import of more fuel efficient vehicles was held on 5-6 December 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. Over 40 participants from various government agencies, the oil sector, vehicle industry, civil society and the academia were in attendance. The Permanent Secretary, represented by Mr. James Banaabe, the Commissioner for Energy Resources, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development opened the workshop. Also in attendance were representatives from UNEP, UNDP, and the Chair of the Energy Parliamentary Committee. Participants were informed of the growing challenges facing the transport sector in Uganda and Kampala in specific including congestion, increasing vehicle pollution and import of old second-hand vehicles.
Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme Launched in Mauritius
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Mauritius coordinated a national workshop on 22 and 23 July, 2013 to launch the Global Fuel Efficiency project. The workshop was opened by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Hon Devanand Virahsawmy. The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Jhugroo, and the Director of Environment Mrs. Lan Ng also attended the launch. Mr. Stuart Rayner of NAAMSA, South Africa shared their experience on the CO2 tax that was introduced in March 2011. He informed the meeting that the country was already seeing a 1% CO2 reduction per year since the tax, but this needs to be complemented with cleaner fuels. Ms. Jane Akumu of UNEP gave an overview of the objectives of the vehicle fuel efficiency project.
Benin to embrace cleaner, fuel efficient vehicles
A national workshop to launch the import of cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles in Benin was held on 4-5 June, 2013 in Cotonou, Benin. The workshop, coordinated by the Ministry of Environment was opened by the Director General of Environment, Mr. Césaire Gnangle. Over eighty participants attended the workshop including the participation of UNEP, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. Cote d’Ivoire has already started to implement this initiative to promote cleaner vehicles. Stakeholders to the workshop were drawn from auto clubs, the civil society, second-hand vehicle importers, taxi driver unions, fuel sector, the academia and government representatives from transport, health, energy and environment ministries. All participants welcomed the initiative as it would result in reductions of vehicular emission, a growing challenge in most African cities.
Ethiopia finalizes strategy to promote cleaner vehicles
A national stakeholder workshop to discuss the findings of a study on the type of vehicles imported into Ethiopia was held on 6 November 2012 in Addis Ababa. The study and the workshop were supported by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative project and implemented by the Ethiopian Transport Authority. The study was carried out by the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University. Close to eighty participants from different government agencies, private sector, the academia, the media and civil society attended the workshop that was opened by the Hon Getachew Mengistie, State Minister - Ministry of Transport. Also in attendance were representatives of NAAMSA and UNEP
National workshop to lower sulphur in fuels
A national sensitization campaign on low sulphur fuels kicked off in Ghana with a national stakeholder workshop that was held on 13-14 September 2012. The national workshop, whose theme was “Cleaner Fuels for Public Transport “, was coordinated by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
The workshop was opened by the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Hon. Dr Mustapha Ahmed. The Minister emphasized the need to move to cleaner fuels and vehicles in line with the targets agreed by the region and contained in the 2009 BAQ Abidjan Agreement. Also in attendance were the African Refiners Association, the PCFV Clearing-House and the CEO of the NPA.
50 ppm Diesel Launch in Mauritius
A national workshop to launch the implementation of 50 ppm diesel fuel in Mauritius was held on 7 June 2012. At the launch, Hon. Devanand Virahsawmy , Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, and Hon. Cader Sayed-Hossen, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Consumer spoke of the need to reduce emissions from vehicle transportation. The Ministers noted that land transport accounts for about 25% of the total carbon dioxide emissions in Mauritius, ranking only second to the industrial sector. The vehicle fleet in Mauritius was rapidly increasing, hence the need to adopt clean fuels and vehicle policies, for example, the vehicle population stood at 400,900 in December 2011 compared to 244,000 in December 2000. The PCFV Clearing House also attended the launch. Periodic fuel testing is on-going to ensure 50 ppm is nationally attained, which is expected to be completely achieved in the next few weeks.
Algeria holds leaded gasoline media sensitization workshop
A national media sensitization workshop was held on 23 May 2012 in Algiers, Algeria. The workshop was organized by the Ministries of Land Planning and Environment and Energy and Mines. Over 80 participants, mainly from the media, private sector and government agencies responsible for health, environment and energy were in attendance. Also in attendance were the PCFV Clearing House and two PCFV partners – the African Refiners Association and Afton Chemicals. The workshop whose focus was the harmful impacts of leaded gasoline was opened by the Chef de Cabinet of Ministry of Land Planning and Environment, Mr. Abdelkader Benhadjoudja. A phased approach to the elimination of leaded gasoline based on completion of refinery upgrades was presented as follows: June 2012 for the Arzew Refinery, July 2013 for the Skikda Refinery and March 2014 for the Alger Refinery.
Mauritius plans to move to 50ppm in 2011
Mauritius has announced plans to move to 50 ppm sulphur diesel in 2011. The announcement was made by the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Hon. Devanand Virahsawmy during a two-day national sensitisation workshop and exhibition that took place on 22-23 November 2010 in Mauritius. This will make Mauritius the first country in Sub-Sahara Africa to switch to ultra low sulphur diesel. Only Morocco has implemented ultra low sulphur fuels nationally in Africa. The main aim to the workshop and exhibition was to highlight to stakeholders the switch by Mauritius to low sulphur diesel (500ppm sulphur) in August 2010 and the need to address vehicular emissions through implementation of cleaner fuels and vehicles programs.
Kenya Marks Move to Cleaner Fuels
The 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 Natural Resources Hon. Ramadhan Kajembe participated in an event on 18 Feb 2011 at the UN Petrol Station at Gigiri.
Low Sulphur Diesel Awareness in Kenya
The UNEP based Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) in collaboration with the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) have just completed an awareness campaign to promote low sulphur diesel among public transporters in the country. The activities are supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The PCFV and PIEA are also in discussion with the Kenyan Government to segregate and market the low sulphur diesel in the two largest cities - Nairobi and Mombasa - that have close to 80% of the country’s vehicle population. All imports of diesel fuel into Kenya and for the export market are now low sulphur – at 500ppm, but fuels produced by the Kenya Petroleum Refinery Limited (KPRL) still have high sulphur levels.
UNEP initiates drive to clean up Kenyan skies (2009/10)
UNEP, through the PCFV, has rolled out an initiative aimed at reducing sulphur levels in diesel to cut down pollution caused by vehicles in Kenya. The National Environment Management Agency (NEMA) and the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) are backing the initiative for Kenya to meet a 2010 East African deadline of using low sulphur diesel. Imported diesel contains 5,000 ppm of sulphur with the Mombasa-based refinery producing diesel with 10,000 ppm. Kenya's continued use of diesel of 10,000 parts per million is associated with high emission of sulphur dioxide that have negative health, vehicle and environmental impacts. 11 Eastern African countries committed in October 2008 to reduce sulphur in imported motor fuels to 500ppm by end of 2010 with further reductions to 50ppm from 2012 onwards.
The Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit (MVIU) in Kenya is also part of this low sulphur drive, as use of low sulphur will reduce vehicular emissions.
Several national level workshops have been held in the major cities in Kenya to promote low sulphur diesel and cleaner vehicles, as well as the need for regular vehicle inspection and maintenance. A public media campaign is underway. The summary report of the workshops and newspaper article are attached. Public media campaign is planned to start in July 2010.
• Summary of National Workshops
• Newspaper Article
Media Sensitization and National Stakeholders’ Workshop on Cleaner Buses, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 15 April and 12 August 2009
A one-day media campaign to raise awareness of stakeholders on the benefit of clean public transportation took place on 15 April 2009 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The campaign was coordinated by the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART) and was attended by the Hon. William Ngeleje, Minister for Energy and Minerals of Tanzania and the Chief Executive of DART Mr. Cosmas Takule.
At the event, the Government of Tanzania committed to lowering of sulphur levels in diesel fuels to 500ppm. This fuel quality would be required to run the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses that will meet Euro 3 standards. The use of alternative fuels, particularly natural gas was discussed as Tanzania has adequate reserves of natural gas.
A follow up national stakeholders’ workshop was held on 12 August 2009. Reports of both events and presentations are attached.
Second Sensitization Workshop to Promote Cleaner Buses and Fuels, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 12 August 2009
A second Stakeholders’ Workshop to promote cleaner public transport in Dar es Salaam was held on 12 August 2009. The workshop was also coordinated by the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART) and was a follow up to the media launch that took place in April 2009. The workshop brought together stakeholders from government, private sector such as the oil industry and public transport operators, the civil society and the media houses. The Workshop was chaired by Mr. Cosmas Takule, Chief Executive of the DART. The workshop recommended an integrated approach to addressing air pollution management in Dar es Salaam and noted that vehicle emissions remained the highest source of air pollution in Dar, hence the significance of the workshop. The workshop proposed a continuation of public sensitisation on vehicle emission reduction measures.
National stakeholders Workshop for Ethiopia, July 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
National Workshop on Sulphur Reduction in Vehicle Fuels, June 2008, Lome, Togo
Southern Africa Sub-regional Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution, March 2008, Lusaka, Zambia
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