A regional workshop to launch the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) in Africa was held on 15-16 October 2012 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants from 20 African countries drawn from North, West, East and South Africa attended the launch. The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize key stakeholders in Africa on the need to monitor their vehicle import trends. This will facilitate the formulation of vehicle strategies to promote the import of fuel efficient cars, as fuel quality improvements are realized.
The workshop was opened by Ms. Alice Kaudia, the Environment Secretary, on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources. The findings from the two African GFEI case studies - Kenya and Ethiopia - were presented as well as Chile’s experience and the international trend in moving towards vehicle fuel efficiency. The Egyptian experience in replacing older taxis was also presented.
Participants noted the significance of the initiative to Africa and asked for the inclusion of all African countries to the program, in addition to increased sensitization of the public and decision makers. Participants also requested that the case studies of Egypt and Ethiopia be shared widely as they provide concrete examples on how the initiative could be implementation. Other issues discussed include the need for integrated transport planning around this initiative that will involve the ministries of transport, energy, finance, health etc, and the promotion of sustainable transport solutions incorporating public and non-motorized transport.
- Air Monitoring in Accra, Ebenezer Fiahagbe, Ghana EPA
- Ethiopia Case Study, Demiss Alemu, AAIT
- Experience on Secondhand Vehicle Import, Nelson Tugume, Uganda MVIA
- GFEI Overview and Toolkit, David Rubia, UNEP
- International Experience and Global Trend, Stuart Rayner, NAAMSA
- Kenya Case Study, Jane Akumu, UNEP
- Low Sulphur Implemention, Jane Akumu, UNEP
- Vehicle Scrapping & Recycling Program, Samir Mowafi, RCEP3
Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 3