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Partnership Newsletter

transport

[Issue 1 2012]

Regional Activities - Africa

SSATP holds an African regional meeting on transport in Dakar Senegal

The World Bank's Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) held the “Africa Transport Policy Forum” on 10-11 December, 2013 to discuss the growing challenges facing the transport sector in Africa. A wide range of issues directly relevant to the transport sector in the region, from governance to sustainable transport and road safety were deliberated. UNEP made two presentations

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East Africa meets to discuss the implementation of harmonized low sulphur standards
5-6 November, 2013 Nairobi, Kenya

Over 50 participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and the EAC Secretariat met for two days to discuss the implementation of the harmonized East Africa low sulphur standards.  The workshop, organized by the Petroleum Institute for East Africa was held on 5-6 November, 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Africa Promotes The Import of Cleaner, Fuel Efficient Vehicles

A regional workshop to launch the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) in Africa was held on 15-16 October 2012 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants from 20 African countries drawn from North, West, East and South Africa attended the launch.  The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize key stakeholders in Africa on the need to monitor their vehicle import trends. This will facilitate the formulation of vehicle strategies to promote the import of fuel efficient cars, as fuel quality improvements are realized.

The workshop was opened by Ms. Alice Kaudia, the Environment Secretary, on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources.  The findings from the two African GFEI case studies - Kenya and Ethiopia - were presented as well as Chile’s experience and the international trend in moving towards vehicle fuel efficiency. The Egyptian experience in replacing older taxis was also presented.

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East Africa meets to discuss Low Sulphur Fuels
25 and 26 September 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

The Petroleum Institute of East Africa with the support of the PCFV coordinated a sub-regional workshop for the Eastern Africa region to discuss the implementation of low sulphur fuels. The workshop was held on 25 and 26 September 2012 at the Six-Eighty Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Four countries participated in the workshop namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The East African Community (EAC) – comprising of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi - is in the process of adopting harmonised low sulphur standards for petrol and diesel fuels.

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ICCT recommends hybrid diesel Euro IV buses for Eastern Africa cities in the initial phase

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has recommended hybrid diesel Euro IV buses to be used in the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi at the initial phase (2013-2020) and electric buses in the second phase (2020-2030). The recommendations are from a cost and benefit analysis that the ICCT carried out on the three cities that was based on technology availability, fuel availability and quality, and maintenance practices and capacity in each city. The preliminary results also estimate the overall benefits of the BRT clean bus technology at US$30 million per year for Nairobi in 2035, US$10 million for Kampala city and US$20 million for Addis Ababa.

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Algeria hosts sub-regional meeting to discuss leaded gasoline phase-out

Over 50 participants mainly drawn from Algeria, with representation from Morocco and Tunisia, met at the Hotel Safir Mazafran, in Algiers, Algeria on 16-17 November 2011 to discuss leaded gasoline phase-out as part of sustainable transportation. Algeria is the only remaining country in Africa still using leaded gasoline. The meeting was organized by the Ministère de l'Aménagement du Territoire et de l'Environnement of Algeria. The PCFV Clearing-House, Afton Chemical and the African Refiners Association, both PCFV partners also attended and made presentations at the meeting.

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Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Workshop on the Costs and Benefits of Clean Fuels and Vehicles: 23-24 June 2011, Nairobi Kenya

Over 60 participants from a wide cross section of government ministries and agencies responsible for environment, energy, transport, works, infrastructure, standards, vehicle inspection as well as private sector and civil society from 19 Sub Saharan countries attended a Regional Workshop on the Costs and Benefits of Clean Fuels and Vehicles. The workshop, organised by the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) was held on 23-24 June 2011 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop aimed at promoting an economic approach to the adoption of clean fuels and vehicles in the region for better air quality particularly in cities where vehicle concentration is highest. Countries represented at the meeting were Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

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Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Baselines: Practicalities and Results, Nairobi, 30 November 2010

The Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Baselines meeting looked at the results to date of the development of a methodology for baseline data setting. The development of a methodology that is applicable to developing countries is part of PCFV’s contribution to the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. Representatives from Kenya, Ethiopia and Mauritius attended to learn about the Kenya baseline data setting exercise and discuss lessons learned. The one-day working session was held at UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya and resulted in several decisions regarding the methodology.

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Sub-regional briefing on clean fuels and vehicles in Africa, Maputo, Mozambique targeted to African auto clubs

What can auto clubs do to promote cleaner, more sustainable transport in their countries? A sub-regional meeting on clean fuels and vehicles, held during the annual FIA Africa Council Annual Conference in Maputo, Mozambique on 11th and 12th October, 2010. The working session, organized by the FIA Foundation with support from UNEP, was attended by representatives from Southern and Eastern Africa automotive associations, automotive experts, the Vice Minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique, FIA Foundation representatives and PCFV experts. The issues of sustainable and safe modes of transportation in Africa, the safety-sustainability link in road transport, and the challenges Africa faces for the introduction of cleaner fuels and vehicles, were all debated under the umbrella of the 'Decade of Action - Road safety and sustainability' campaign with a special focus on Africa. Clubs also signed up to support the Global Fuel Economy Initiative and support data gathering efforts at the national level.

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Sub-regional workshop on vehicle emissions reduction strategies, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

A sub-regional workshop on vehicle emissions reduction strategies was held in Abidjan on 30-31 August 2010. The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Environment, Ivory Coast and supported by the PCFV, was attended by participants from Ghana, Benin, Mali and Togo, and a vehicle expert from South Africa.

The workshop was convened to discuss measures for sulphur reduction in fuels, importation of cleaner vehicles and vehicle emission testing as steps towards reducing vehicle emissions. The experiences of South Africa, Benin, Ghana, Mali and Togo were presented to give a background on the status of vehicles and fuels, and measures taken by countries to address air pollution.

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Sub-regional Workshop to Promote Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in North Africa: 12-14 April 2010 Rabat, Morocco

Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco participated at a sub-regional workshop held in Rabat, Morocco on 12-14 April 2010 to share country experiences in implementing cleaner fuels and vehicles policies. Mr. Andre Douaud, a vehicle expert from CCFA, France also attended the workshop that was organised by the PCFV and the Department of Environment, in the Secretariat of State for Water and the Environment of Morocco. Morocco is the first African country to offer low sulphur fuels exclusively – 50ppm sulphur and below – after upgrading the Samir refinery. Participants had time to visit the refinery and were taken through the modernisation program. The workshop recommended the formation of a regional network for exchange of information including regulations within the three countries.

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Sub-Regional Workshop on Harmonization of Sulphur Levels in Diesel Fuels, 1-2 December 2009 Cotonou, Benin

A sub-regional workshop to discuss the harmonization of sulphur levels in diesel fuels was held in Cotonou, Benin on 1-2 December 2009. The workshop, organized by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature through the Direction Generale de l’Environnement, brought together participants from Benin, Togo, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and the Clearing House of the PCFV. The workshop follows on the successful completion of national workshops in Togo (17-18 June 2008), Mali (11-12 March 2009) and Benin (10-11 March 2009) to discuss sulphur reduction as a way of improving urban air quality. From these workshops, national task teams to develop national road maps for importation of low sulphur were formed. As the countries rely on shared infrastructure for fuel importation, it had been recommended that representatives of these national task teams meet to agree on standardized fuel quality (sulphur levels) and options for joint importation of fuel. The workshop also followed the West and Central Africa Sub-Regional Workshop on Better Air Quality that was held on 20-22 July 2009 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire that also came up with fuel and vehicles recommendations for the region. See workshop proceedings attached.

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The North Africa better air quality in cities meeting: 23-25 November 2009

The Better Air Quality workshop for North African cities was held on 23-25 November 2009 in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop was organised by the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development, Tunisia, UNEP IUAPPA, and SEI with support from the other GAP Forum partners. Six countries - Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, and Mauritania - and three observer countries from the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen) attended the workshop. Top policy government experts, academia and civil society experts discussed air pollution issues in the sub-region and developed concrete recommendations that will be presented to ministers for adoption into a North African Air Pollution Framework agreement in early 2010.

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Regional Workshop on Fuel Specifications in Africa: 24-25 September 2009 Kampala, Uganda

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in partnership with UNEP and ARA (the African Refiners Association) organized a two-day workshop to discuss fuel specifications and refinery development in Africa. The workshop brought together participants from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Sudan, Angola, South Africa, Gabon, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, France, Canada, Greece, USA, UK and India. The workshop recommended that governments fix the official fuel specification at AFRI-2 or better by end 2010 and AFRI-4 or better by 2020. See conference proceedings attached.

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West and Central Africa Sub-Regional Workshop on Better Air Quality, 20-22 July 2009 , Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Twenty one countries from the West and Central African region and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) participated at a sub-regional workshop on Better Air Quality that was held from 20-21 July (Policy Session) and 22 July 2009 (Ministerial Session) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The workshop that was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests of Cote d’Ivoire, the African Refiners Association (ARA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) is an initiative of several partners including the above and  the Air Pollution Information Network for Africa (APINA), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida),  and the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum (GAPF)

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Sub Regional National Training on Vehicle Emission Testing, Inspection and Maintenance, Nairobi, Kenya 27th March 2009

Vehicle emissions and the resultant environmental and health impacts are a growing challenge in cities in Africa. These emissions are mainly caused by poor fuel quality, high number of old vehicles, and irregular vehicle maintenance schedules.

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Sub Regional Workshop on Sulphur reduction in Cotonou, Benin 9 - 10th March 2009

A two-day national workshop, organized by the Ministere de l'Environnement et de la Protection de la Nature through the Direction Generale de l'Environnement, was held in Benin to discuss sulphur reduction in diesel fuels and vehicle age restrictions to improve urban air quality.

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Sub Regional Workshop on Sulphur reduction, Bamako, Mali 11th March 2009

A national workshop on sulphur reduction as a means improve urban air quality in Mali was held on 11-12 March in Bamako, Mali. The workshop, organized by the Direction Nationale de l'Assainissement et du Controle des Pollutions et des Nuisances was officiated by Mr Cheickne Sidibe, the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Sanitation of Mali.

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Africa Region Article: Sulphur reduction sensitization in Gambia commences

The National Environment Agency together with two Departments of State, Energy and Environment, coordinated a national workshop on sulphur reduction in Banjul on 27-28 November 2008. The workshop, which was opened by the Permanent Secretary of the Department of State for Forestry and Environment on behalf of the Minister, was planned to take advantage of the on-going process of reviewing petroleum products legislation in Gambia that is expected to result in new Petroleum Products Law and Regulations.

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Eastern Africa Sub-Regional Workshop on Better Air Quality in Cities

Eleven Eastern African countries met on 21-23 October 2008 to develop a sub-regional policy framework to address the increasing challenge of air pollution in urban areas. Over 100 participants drawn from Burundi, Djibouti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda attended the sub-regional workshop that was also attended by international experts from the Stockholm Environment Institute, Air Pollution Information Network for Africa, African Refiners Association, International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, and the World Bank.

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Sub-regional Workshop for North African states on the phase-out of leaded gasoline

50 participants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia met at the Tunis International Center of Environmental Technologies (CITET), on 14-16 August 2008 to review progress in phasing out leaded gasoline. The first day of the meeting that was coordinated by IPIECA discussed technical issues to the phase-out of leaded gasoline in particular refining technologies, vehicle benefits of unleaded fuels and case examples from Africa on their experiences in phasing out leaded gasoline. The second and third day saw the three countries present their national strategies to move to unleaded gasoline and low sulphur fuels. The meeting was the joint effort of several of the PCFV partners in particular the PCFV Clearing-House, IPIECA, ACFA and ARA. The Tunisian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development organised and coordinated this meeting.

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Southern Africa Sub-regional Policy Dialogue on Air Pollution

The Policy Session (5-6 March) is follow-up to the regional conference on Better Air Quality in sub-Saharan African Cities (BAQ-SSA) that was held in 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya where Ministers recommended a sub-regional approach to discussions on air pollution in Africa. The meeting will also follow up on APINA's (Air Pollution Information Network for Africa) work in the sub-region. The Ministerial Session (7 March) will discuss and adopt a Policy Framework on Air pollution for the sub-region that will be developed during the Policy Session. The policy framework will set specific targets and timeframes to address air pollution in the following key areas: transport, industry and mining, waste management, open burning (fires) and indoor air pollution. Other focus areas include trans-boundary pollution, air quality monitoring and public outreach.

The meeting is jointly organized by UNEP, APINA and Stockholm Environment Institute and the USEPA.

AMCEN takes decision on phasing out leaded petrol in Sub-Saharan Africa

Clean Air Initiative in Sub-Saharan African Cities (CAI-Africa)

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