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.
The workshop recommended that: the Government pursues the implementation of upgrading plans by Tema Oil Refinery expected to be complete by 2017 that will enable the refinery achieve cleaner fuels at 10 ppm; a sub-regional approach be adopted incorporating Nigeria specifically in the development of fuel standards ; in the short term, to amend the sulphur standards to the lowest feasible levels taking into account typical refinery levels and matching the Nigerian standards; there is need for further public awareness to bring the issue to the forefront; and fuel adulteration be tackled. The workshop recommended the formation of a task team to follow up on the implementation of the workshop outcomes. The next step is public sensitization on the benefits of lowering sulphur levels in fuels.
- Air Monitoring and Capacity Building in Accra
Ebenezer Fiahagbe, EPA
- Import and Distribution of Fuels in Ghana by BDCs
Sebastian Asem, Vihama
- Current Fuel Quality Standards and Plans
Alpha Welbeck, NPA
- Impact of Sulphur on Health
Henry Adipah, MOT
- Low Sulphur Diesel & Refining Process
Emmanuel Darko, TOR
- Planned BRT -Opportunities and Challenges
Kwadwo Antwi, CUT
- Sulphur Reduction Process in Africa
Jane Akumu, UNEP
- Tranport & Urban Growth Projection
James Amoo-Gottfried, DUG
- Vehicle Population & Trends
Eric Tetteh-Addison, MOT
- Vehicular Emission Standards
Sam Adu-Kumi, EPA