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One of the most significant outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was the launching of over two hundred new Partnerships developed among governments and stakeholders to ensure implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Action. One such partnership is the Partners for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles.

The Partnership seeks to work with developing countries to phase out the use of lead and reduce sulphur in fuels as well as to work toward improving fuel quality in general. Activities are aimed at building capacities, improving availability and accessibility of technical information, setting up a network of experts from auto, oil and technology industries to advise on refinery reformulation, technical progress in the vehicle and fuel sectors, costs and means of financing as well promoting the raising of vehicular standards and encouraging more effective inspection and maintenance programs.

The Partnership was launched at a side event in the Sandton Convention Center on Thursday, 29 August 2002. The event was covered by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Click here to view their report of the launching.

To view the Mission Statement of the Partnership, click here.

To view the Partnership Ground Rules, click here.

To view a preliminary list of Partner organizations, click here.

Partners met for the first time at UN Headquarters in New York on 14-15 November 2002. To view the Report of the first Steering Committee Meeting, click here.

The following presentations were made as problems and needs in each region were discussed.

Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa

Asia: presentation

Eastern and Central Europe and Russia: presentation

Latin America and the Caribbean:

Chile

Clean Air Initiative, Latin America and Caribbean

ARPEL

Other Background Documents:

International Fuel Quality Center Global Overview of Lead Phase Out and Sulphur Reduction

Paper submitted by ARPEL: "Systemic Approach to Vehicular Emission Control in Latin America and the Caribbean"

Paper submitted by Clean Air Initiative, Asia: "Concept Note on Implementation of Partnership on Clean Fuels and Vehicles in Asia"

 Working Groups

Several working groups were created during the Steering Committee meeting. The following are the outputs of these groups.

Working Group on Sulphur

The Sulphur Group held their first meeting on January 10 and created a preliminary list of questions and answers the group would address. JAMA submitted the following presentation on its position with regard to sulphur in gasoline and diesel:

JAMA position on importance of sulphur reduction in gasoline and diesel

For a Report of the Proceedings of the Meeting and decisions taken, click here.

 

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The Partnership is open to all interested parties. Please contact Ms. Kathleen Abdalla, <abdallak@un.org>, for more information or visit the Partners for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Clearinghouse.