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[Issue 1 2012]

National Activities - Latin America & Caribbean

PCFV - CLEAN FUELS AND VEHICLES

Jamaica

National Clean Fleet Management Training in Jamaica
10th-11th January 2012 , Jamaica

The PCFV, together with the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), will undertake a training on Clean Fuels and Vehicles with the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Toolkit in Jamaica on 10th - 11th January 2012. Technical fleet managers from public and private organisations will participate. The participants will be trained on how to evaluate the emissions from their fleets and put in place strategies and technologies to reduce both CO2 and non-CO2 emissions, using the UNEP Clean Fleet Toolkit, which is available online in both English and Spanish at http://www.unep.org/transport/pcfv/. The venue of the workshop is the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, New Kingston, Jamaica.

Peru

Clean Fuels and Vehicles Training
25 – 26 November 2010, Peru

A training on Clean Fuels and Vehicles with the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Toolkit was held 25 - 26 November 2010 in Lima, Peru, with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Peru. The event, designed for fleet managers, was attended by 20 participants. The first day was based on clean fuels and vehicles theory and general description of the toolkit, the second day was practical use of the toolkit and was attended by the Vice-Minister of Environment, Mrs. Ana Maria González del Valle. Through use of the toolkit, the participants learnt various strategies for improving the environmental performance of their fleet. The event was jointly coordinated by Centro Mario Molin Chile (CMMCh) and the Ministry of Environment of Peru.

 

Paraguay

Clean Fuels and Vehicles Training
September 2010, Asuncion, Paraguay

A training on Clean Fuels and Vehicles with the UNEP Clean Fleet Management Toolkit was held in September 2010 in Asuncion, Paraguay, with the support of Petrobras. The event, designed for fleet managers from both private and public organisations, was attended by 11 participants. The training was based on clean fuels and vehicles theory and general description of the toolkit, as well as practical use of the toolkit. Through use of the toolkit, the participants learnt various strategies for improving the environmental performance of their fleet.

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'Ecofuel ' Seminar II: Diesel and Technology for Health - 20th June, 2009

The 2nd national seminar on diesel fuels and technology for better air quality - 'Ecofuel ' Seminar II: Diesel and Technology for Health (Seminario Ecombustible: Diesel y Tecnologia a Favor de la Salud) was held on 20th June 2009 in Asuncion, Paraguay. The event was organized by Petrobras Paraguay, the Secretary of the Environment of Paraguay (SEAM), the Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Paraguay and the Municipality of Asuncion.

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Clean Diesel Seminar Initiates Low Sulphur Fuel Discussion

Petrobras Paraguay, the Secretaria del Ambiente, and the Municipality of Asuncion organized the first ever national seminar on diesel fuels and technology for better air quality in Paraguay - 'Ecofuel' Seminar: Diesel and Technology for Health (Seminario Ecombustible: Diesel y Tecnologia a Favor de la Salud).

Paraguay imports all of its vehicle fuel and current standards in Paraguay limit sulphur in diesel fuels to three grades - 'Type III' 4,000 parts per million (ppm) imported from Venezuela, 2,000 ppm (Type II), and 500 ppm (Type I) imported from Brazil. 79% of road vehicles in the country are diesel and particulate pollution and overall poor air quality is a major health and environment concern in Asuncion. Current legislation applies the same level of taxation on all fuel grades imported, but beginning in 2009 import duty will be heavier for 500 ppm, and lighter moving up to 4,000 ppm thus making the cleaner fuel grades more expensive to consumers.

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Chile

Inter-ministerial meeting Clean Vehicles in Santiago, Chile

The Conference on Clean Vehicles is organised by the Environmental Ministry and the GFEI on 14th December 2011. This is a national conference, where the Environmental Ministry will present the general strategy for sustainable transport of Chile, and the GFEI, together with ICCT, will present the GFEI case study results: an environmental assessment of the Chilean car market (attached) and a proposal of fiscal policy for the incentives of cleaner vehicles (attached). The participants will be officers of the Chilean Transport Ministry, Environmental Ministry, Energy Ministry and Finance Ministry and professionals from different stakeholders in transport.
 
The Environmental Ministry have accepted the GFEI fee-bate proposal and have committed to present to Congress as a law project for clean vehicles incentives in March 2012 using GFEI recommendations.

 


Chile Considers Incentives for Low and Zero Emission Vehicles

Mario Molina Center Chile (CMMCh), with the support of the Regional Directorate of the Chilean National Commission on the Environment and the UNEP-based Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, will host a national discussion on "International Experience with Incentives for Low and Zero Emission Vehicles". International vehicle emission expert Michael Walsh will present and the event will be held on 3 December 2009, from 09:00 in the Condell Room of the NH Hotel, Condell 40, Providencia

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Diesel Retrofit Project in Santiago de Chile

Since 2006 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), through the PCFV Clearing-House, has supported the Chilean environment agency CONAMA in the design and implementation of a heavy duty diesel vehicle retrofit project in Santiago.

Ten municipal service trucks (waste, delivery and construction) were retrofit with particle filters to assess their potential for reducing pollutants (especially particulates) when combined with low-sulphur diesel fuel (50 ppm or less). A number of diesel particle filter technologies were used in the testing, and the results of the project are now available for download here: [English][Spanish]

The results for high and medium temperature exhaust motors show a 95% reduction in carbon monoxide, 97% reduction in hydrocarbons, a 90% drop in particle mass, and a 99.9% reduction in ultra fine particles when using a continuously regenerating particulate filter.

The PCFV Sulphur Working Group report includes information on appropriate technologies and their combination with low sulphur fuels

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Brazil

FIA Foundation and Automobile Association of Brazil Host Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Event for Latin American Auto Clubs

The FIA Foundation, a PCFV Partner and non-profit federation of motoring organisations, in cooperation with the Automobile Association of Brazil (AAB) and with support from the Clearing-House of the PCFV, organised a one-day workshop on March 15th, 2006 on cleaner fuel and vehicle issues for Latin American automobile club representatives and participants from the Brazilian government, national fuel and vehicle industries, international organizations and regional NGOs. This was the first event for auto clubs addressing cleaner fuel and vehicle issues in the region.

Workshop Pages:
  • Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Workshop for Latin American Auto Clubs

  • FIA Foundation Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles in Latin America

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    Colombia

    The PCFV, together with the National University of Colombia, organized two national fuel quality symposiums in the country to promote the outcomes of the South America Sulphur conference, and to create dialogue between the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Environment, and Ecopetrol. In late 2007, these parties agreed to supply diesel fuel with a sulphur content of 50 ppm from January 2010 onwards in Bogota. This fuel will be available in the rest of the country from 2013. 500 ppm sulphur diesel will be available in Bogota from July 2008. For the rest of the country, sulphur content will be 3000 ppm as of July 2008, and 500 ppm from July 2009.


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    Mexico

    Climate Change Mitigation: The Importance of Passenger Vehicle Standards
    Global Fuel Economy - Latin America 8-9 March 2010

    The Mexican government is developing standards for improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions from new cars. A regulatory proposal is expected on the basis of joint work by the Ministry of Environment (SEMARNAT) and the National Energy Efficiency Commission (CONUEE).

    The Ministry’s National Ecology Institute (INE) convened an international workshop Climate Change Mitigation: The Importance of Passenger Vehicle Standards,to examine the design of standards with support from the Global Fuel Efficiency Initiative (GFEI) and the International Council on Clean Transportation(ICCT) on 8-9 March 2010 in Mexico City.

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    Latin America Regional Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Workshop

    All meeting documents, including presentations, are available on SEMARNAT's website

    A workshop focusing on cleaner fuels and vehicles in Mexico and Central & Latin America was held in Mexico City, 3-4 November 2005. The Mexican environmental agency, Secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), and the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental, a leading environmental NGO, jointly planned and hosted the workshop, involving senior US, Canadian and Mexican environmental officials, civil society, car manufacturers and the fuels industry.

    Discussions focused on North and Latin American lessons learned from sulphur reduction in fuels, the health effects and costs of air pollution (in particular vehicular PM emissions), cleaner vehicle technology (including retrofit technology, hybrid vehicles and more efficient diesel engines), strategies for more efficient transportation systems (including Mexico's experience with Bus Rapid Transit corridors and bus retrofits and Chile's Transantiago initiative) and the resulting savings in terms of improved human health.

    Participants put forward recommendations for cleaner fuels and vehicles in Mexico and the LAC region, including developing emissions standards for new vehicles, promoting heavy diesel retrofits and initiating a regional network to support the introduction of cleaner fuels. Download full document


    EPA launches Diesel Retrofit Project in Mexico

    The Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michael O. Leavitt, along with representatives from the World Resources Institute, Mexico, the Mexican Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), and the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico City launched the Mexico City Diesel Retrofit Project on 21 June 2004 in Mexico City. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) also contributed funding for this project.

    The project is a pilot project to retrofit a limited number of Mexico City buses with advanced emissions control technology to reduce emissions of particulates and other pollutants from diesel engines. Mobile sources, especially older diesel-powered trucks and buses, are a major cause of air pollution in Mexico City.

    The Mexico City Diesel Retrofit Project is one of many efforts that EPA has been engaged in to implement the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles.SEMARNAT joined the Partnership very early on, and was involved in the very first event in Johannesburg, South Africa. This project is one of the most tangible results from EPAs global commitments.

    The project is designed to demonstrate how the combined use of cleaner fuels and diesel retrofit technologies can perform when applied to diesel engines operating under Mexico City conditions. The project is similar to diesel retrofit projects now underway in US cities, including Seattle, New York City, and Washington, D.C., where fleet owners and operators have committed to retrofit more than 150,000 diesel powered trucks, buses, and non-road equipment. Retrofit technologies can reduce diesel particulate emissions by 90% or more.

    EPA and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institutes Center for Transport and the Environment, are awarding grants totaling $511,000 to the Center for Sustainable Transport, a Mexico City-based non-governmental organization to implement the project. This project represents a unique international collaboration between two countries, two non-governmental organizations and a capital city. The pilot is expected to last one year.

    The project will draw on EPAs expertise, along with a variety of partners and technical advisors, representing some of the best air pollution experts in the Western Hemisphere. These include: Dr. Mario Molina of MIT; the Environmental and Energy Technology Policy Institute (EETPI); Northeast States Center for a Clean Air Future (NESCCAF); the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); International Truck and Engine; Volvo; Daimler-Chrysler; Engine, Fuel and Emissions Engineering Incorporated, and Ambientalis.

    When completed, the project is expected to demonstrate that significant reductions in harmful emissions from older, heavy-duty diesel engines can be achieved cost effectively through a combination of tailpipe control technologies and a new generation of clean diesel fuel. The fuel used in this project is ultra-low sulfur diesel, which is increasingly used in many US and European cities.

    The project is beginning as a demonstration of the use of diesel retrofit technologies and low-sulfur fuel in reducing emissions from existing buses in Mexico City. However, it could, if successful, be replicated across Mexico City, along the U.S.-Mexico Border, in other cities in Mexico, and ultimately in other countries. The Mexico City Diesel Retrofit Project is EPAs first international retrofit project, and is already serving as a model for other EPA projects in key areas of the world in Thailand, Chile and India, and perhaps in China and Central America.

    Other press releases:

  • Napa News (22 June 2004)

  • US EPA Press Release (21 June 2004)

  • Creation of the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico City

    On May 31, 2002, EMBARQ (The WRI Center for Transport and the Environment) signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mexico City authorities to create and implement an integrated strategy to help begin to solve transport-related problems in Mexico City.

    The MOU created the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico City within CEIBA, a prominent Mexican NGO. The Center works on a day-to-day basis with the government of Mexico City, helping to manage the development and implementation of a complex program of work aimed at yielding measurable, near-term improvement in air pollution and congestion from the transport sector. This alliance is complemented and supported by active participation of major vehicle and fuel suppliers. The World Bank and Global Environment Facility are funding Mexico Citys efforts.

    Additional information:

  • Background information on Center

  • Background information on EMBARQ
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