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 Ministére 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.
Algeria is making significant investments towards sustainable urban transportation. For example, all the 4 country's refineries are at various stages of upgrading which will enable the production of only unleaded gasoline and low sulphur fuels by 2014. There are various programs to promote the use of LPG vehicles and electric metro systems. A follow-up national workshop is planned next year to further review technical alternatives to leaded gasoline in the interim before completion of all the refinery upgrades.
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