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.
Members to the African Refiners Association Specifications Working Group also attended the workshop. The experience of Europe and South Africa in implementing vehicle emission reduction was presented. Also presented were two case studies; one on the role of transport pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa in Air quality monitoring in Mozambique and another on issues, solutions, and lessons learnt reducing emissions from motorcycles in Benin. The experiences shared and the case studies elicited interest and vibrant discussions as did introduction to the “Share the Road” and the “Global Fuel Economy” projects presented by UNEP Transport Unit.
After 2 days of interactive and participative discussions, participants agreed on concrete recommendations that can be fast tracked by countries in the region to minimise emissions from the transport sector, and policies that promote sustainable transport solutions. Countries reiterated their commitment with the BAQ Ministers’ agreements for clean fuels and vehicles with many reporting progress towards 50ppm sulphur in fuels target timelines adopted by Ministers.