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[Issue 1 2012]

Ethiopia finalizes strategy to promote cleaner vehicles

A national stakeholder workshop to discuss the findings of a study on the type of vehicles imported into Ethiopia was held on 6 November 2012 in Addis Ababa. The study and the workshop were supported by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative project and implemented by the Ethiopian Transport Authority. The study was carried out by the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University. Close to eighty participants from different government agencies, private sector, the academia, the media and civil society attended the workshop that was opened by the Hon Getachew Mengistie, State Minister - Ministry of Transport. Also in attendance were representatives of NAAMSA and UNEP.

Road transport in Ethiopia accounts for over 95% of both freight and passenger mobility. The rate of motorization is close to 10% per year, with over 52% of the current vehicle fleet being over 15 years and above. The road transport sector is therefore characterized by high fuel inefficiency, high operating cost, poor road traffic safety conditions and increasing emission. The GFEI aims at addressing some of these challenges. The study by the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology shows that despite an improvement in the average vehicle fuel economy in Ethiopia between 2005 and 2010, the levels still remains above the global average. The average vehicle fuel economy in Ethiopia in 2005 and 2008 remained constant at 8.4 l/km and improved to 7.9 l/km in 2010. According to the IEA, the average global fuel economy in 2005 was 8.07 l/km and 7.67 l/km in 2008. Policy measures to encourage importation of cleaner, more efficient vehicles in Ethiopia were presented, including importation of 50 ppm fuels. The recommendations of the workshop will be finalized by the task team overseeing the implementation of the project in Ethiopia and presented to the government for adoption.

Below are the workshop proceedings: