IPIECA is one of the founding members and co-sponsors of United Nations Environment (UNE) Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), which was originally established in 2002 as a public-private partnership to phase out leaded petrol. Through PCFV’s leadership, today only two countries are yet to eliminate leaded petrol, with thirty-six countries switching to low and ultra-low sulphur fuels. The recent PCFV focus has been on supporting developing and transitional countries in implementing cleaner fuel and vehicle strategies, organizing in-country workshops, and responding to requests for support and information.
At the most recent biennial Global Partners’ Meeting of the PCFV, IPIECA presented an update on its forthcoming publication: Strategies and options to address air quality through optimized vehicle emissions standards and lower sulfur fuels. This describes the role of fuel sulphur in enabling cleaner vehicles technologies and supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on SDG 3: Good health and well-being and SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, by facilitating improved urban air quality.
During the meeting, the PCFV partners agreed to continue to focus on its three campaigns: to eliminate lead in petrol worldwide; to reduce sulphur levels in fuels; and to promote cleaner vehicle standards and inspection and maintenance programmes. The PCFV will also link closely with other programmes that promote its goals, such as the Global Fuel Economy Initiative which promotes vehicle fuel efficiency, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition that supports reduction of short-lived climate pollutants and the UN Environment’s Electric Mobility Program.