Singapore – Roundtable on Phasing Out Leaded Gasoline in Iraq & Promoting Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Policies and Experience exchange with Asia 29-30 August 2016, Singapore

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A national Iraqi Workshop on Improving fuel quality and a Roadmap for Achieving Euro V targets on Fuels and Vehicle Emission Standard was held in Singapore on 29th-30th of August 2016, co-organized by UNEP-PCFV, UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP ROWA), Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA), and Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).

The Iraqi delegations represented the following organizations (see Annex-1: Participants List):

  1. Ministry of Oil (MoO),
  2. Ministry of Environment (MOE),
  3. The Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC)

The Agenda included presentations and discussions by all participants as provided in Annex-2.

The workshop objective was to assist key Iraqi officials in developing an action plan to completely phase out lead in petrol and introduce low-sulphur fuels in the country. These include supporting the existing progress/effort in fuel quality improvement, barriers, and understand the needs.

  1. Develop raodmap to move towards Euro V Fuels and Vehicle Emission standards, with interim targets.
  2. Raise awareness on complementary cleaner and efficient vehicle policies, such as vehicle emission standards and fuel economy policies and case studies on refinery upgrades

In previous cooperation in support of the transition to cleaner fuels in Iraq, UNEP through the PCFV has organized a number of workshops and stakeholder consultations to support the Iraqi government in phasing out lead from petrol and introducing low-sulphur fuels. The last stakeholder consultation was held in Amman, Jordan in 2012 (presentations available online), and previously the workshop on April 2011 in Cairo. The latest event was attended by Iraqi officials representing the Ministries of Environment, Oil, Planning, Interior and Transport. A key decision of that meeting was the target date set to phase out leaded gasoline in Iraq by 2015. However, this timeline needed to be revised to reflect actual situation and challenges faced by the Iraqi Government. This would allow participants to better understand the current situation on both the topics in terms of progress in policy, and support initiatives carried out by the National Committee on Sustainable Transport that was formed in 2011 in Iraq.

As a follow up to support Iraq, UNEP PCFV and other key partners in particular ACFA and CEDARE are committed to help develop an action plan on policy, legislation, and financing, refinery upgrades that would be needed to phase out lead and introduce low-sulphur fuels. Furthermore, at the 27th meeting of the Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) of the League of Arab States (LAS) in November 2015, JCEDAR has accepted the LAS Fuel Quality Roadmap report that was prepared by CEDARE for the UNEP-PCFV campaign. The endorsement of a regional roadmap by the LAS further strengthens and motivates member countries to develop national action plans for improving fuel quality.