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LEAD Action News Volume 12 Number 2, December 2011, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
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Turning the tide at Nairobi

Report on the 9th General Partnership Meeting (GPM) of the Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), October 26-27th 2011, Nairobi Kenya.

By Zac Gethin-Damon, Campaigner for the End of Leaded Petrol by the End of 2011, The LEAD Group Inc. 23rd December 2011

The way in which the meeting was introduced with a ‘Welcome by UNEP’ from the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, Amina Mohamed, summarised the general tenor of the entire meeting towards leaded petrol: that the PCFV had already achieved a global phase-out of leaded petrol and therefore that focus was to be placed on sulfur in fuels and on cleaner vehicles.

Rob de Jong’s Clearing House presentation continued with the same theme. The lead petrol campaign was outlined with the PCFV’s activity in each of the 6 countries outlined. The only country with an ‘official’ phase-out date was Algeria with 2013, and Algeria also had a ‘maybe’ phase-out date of 2012. It was said that Innospec planned to phase out the lead in 2012 anyway so leaded petrol would be phased out after 2012, as stocks of Tetra Ethyl Lead (TEL) and stocks of blended leaded gasoline were used up in the six remaining countries that were possibly still selling leaded gasoline. The lead petrol campaign represented a success, so, it was said, why waste our time and money on leaded petrol, knowing that phase-out’s are exponentially difficult, in the last 6 countries?

My presentation on a new tack, stopping supply at the beginning of the supply chain, sadly fell on deaf ears, or ears that had been told that the lead campaign was already a fait accompli.

What I did take from this meeting was the inspiration that if the PCFV was disinterested in completely phasing out leaded petrol in 2011 - then clearly it had to be done via another forum.

Thus, upon my return to Australia, we set about writing all the articles in this newsletter and envisaging a MUCH earlier date than 2013 or beyond. We hope that Rob de Jong’s signature on our recent sign-on letter to Innospec, and the signatures of other PCFV Partners, and the Letters between Partners below, shows that our action in Nairobi has turned the tide and that the PCFV is willing to support The LEAD Group’s call: a prompt and total phase-out of leaded petrol by stopping the production and supply of TEL for MOGAS, by Innospec.

To see my presentation:


or at PCFV website:


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