The UN partnership that has successfully pushed for a global phase-out of lead in petrol, will now mount a new drive to tackle harmful particulate emissions.
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), which is coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and involves the FIA Foundation as a key member, brings together governments, industry and NGOs.
A new programme focusing on reducing sulphur levels in fuel and tackling diesel emissions was discussed at an agenda setting meeting of the PCFV hosted by the FIA Foundation in London on 23-24 October 2012. The meeting also agreed to complete the lead phase-out campaign by promoting national standards for filters for petrol vehicles worldwide.
Particulate emissions have become a very serious health issue globally, causing hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has already classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic concluding that there is sufficient evidence to that exposure to diesel exhaust emissions is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer. Particulate matter and black carbon from exhaust emissions are also contributors to climate change.