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Partnership Newsletter


[Issue 1 2012]

Central and Eastern Europe & Turkey Workshop on Clean Fuels & Vehicles

While many countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have phased out leaded gasoline, lead has yet to be completely eliminated in Southeast Europe (SEE) and Turkey and much remains to be done in terms of fuel sulphur levels and ageing vehicle fleets. In the New Member States of the EU, including the Baltic states, Hungary, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, cleaner fuels and vehicles issues to be addressed include lower diesel emissions through improvements in vehicle emissions technology and fleet renewal, along with continued fuels and vehicles improvements in line with EU legislation and standards. Overall, there is also great interest in alternative vehicles and fuels in the region.

Given the challenges and opportunities in the region, and building on decisions taken at the March, 2004 Partnership meeting in Rome, the PCFV has jointly supported and helped implement a project to gather information and foster discussion on cleaner fuels and vehicles in Central and Eastern Europe & Turkey with the USEPA, UNEP, the Regional Environmental Center (REC) and UNDESA.

Information-gathering on air quality standards, fuel quality, vehicle emissions and the vehicle fleet in 16 countries in the region by the REC was followed by a conference to discuss the findings and share country experience on improvements in fuel quality and vehicle fleets in light of EU legislation.

The conference was hosted by REC at their headquarters in Szentendre, Hungary on 27-28 October. The Partnership also participated in a complementary workshop funded by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) focusing on fuel quality in SEE and Turkey, which immediately preceded the conference on 25-26 October. Information and decisions from the VROM workshop are also provided below.

The conference not only launched the PCFV in the region; it helped to raise the profile of cleaner fuels and vehicles as priorities for policymakers, industry and all stakeholders in the region. As a first step, participants agreed to develop a regional network of decisionmakers and experts, while calling for coordinated national and regional action for cleaner air through the improvement of vehicle fuel quality and the reduction of vehicle emissions.