The Sustainable Transport in Egypt (STE 2019) organized with “Cleaner Fuel for Cleaner Air” in focus

Under the theme of Cleaner Fuels for Cleaner Air, the Sustainable Transport in Egypt 2019 international seminar was held on June 18 & 19th in Dusit Thani Hotel, Cairo, Egypt. The event was organized by the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment), together with the African Refineries Association (ARA) and partners in the sector. This year’s theme comes in tune with the mandates of Egypt’s Sustainable Development Strategy, Egypt Vision 2030, and the “100 Million Healthy Lives Campaign”, announcing health among the priorities of the second presidential term, along with education and culture, and programs to improve the living standard of Egyptians.

The seminar’s theme is also in line with the World Environment Day of 2019 topic: “Air Pollution” as countries around the world continue to exchange support to address the common challenges of air pollution.

The event aimed at exchanging experience and know-how between major stakeholders and international experts to put an end to one of Egypt’s major air pollution issues: Quality of fuels; particularly diesel. Again, assessing Egypt’s readiness to set a national roadmap to improve the standards of diesel fuel was another deliverable, which would definitely result in environmental and health benefits and contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of the petroleum sector in Egypt.

The program of the first day included 3 sessions. CEDARE’s draft policy brief was presented; the highest priority action in the transportation sector is to phase out Sulphur content in transportation fuels (diesel) to close the gap with the global standards according to CEDARE’s situation analysis. This builds on the current momentum of improvements in the refining industry, and takes it one step further to develop interventions to protect public health.  The first one titled “Prospects for Cleaner Fuels Sulfur Reduction Roadmap”, presented Egypt’s status-quo and future plans; the Global progress and UN Environment & CCAC activities in sulfur reduction respect; the status and progress in Africa; and a technical insight on ERC/CORC Project and the environmental impact of one of ERC case studies.

Session two covered “Public Health, Environment, & Historical Sites”; it conveyed how air pollutants and vehicles’ emissions can be fatal to human health and destructive to heritage and monuments, furthermore, it introduced a perspective on the diesel gate scandal. “Financing and Future Prospects” was the main topic of Session three, where the financial challenges facing the refinery industry were presented, social initiatives of ERC were demonstrated, and how to finance clean fuel was showcased.

The seminar further covered the topic of better fuel quality used in maritime transport in a specialized workshop on day 2, specifically discussing the dramatic changes that will happen in the sector as a result of the changes of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation global regulation on the Sulphur content of ship bunker fuel (MARPOL) starting in January 2020.

This year, the event was held in partnership with UN Environment, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in cooperation with a large network of sustainable mobility stakeholders around the globe, including leading players in policy and technical assistance such as the African Refineries Association (ARA), the global oil and gas industry association (IPIECA), and at the national level: the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

The STE2019 is a continuation of a series of annual events held by CEDARE to provide policy support in Sustainable Transportation, with past events addressing topics of Intelligent Transport Systems (STE2016), and Electric Vehicles (STE2018). It is also a product of the continued collaboration between CEDARE and the Ministry of Environment throughout the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) and the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), among other sustainable transportation initiatives. 

To view or download presentations:

Day 1-SESSION 1:  Prospects for Cleaner Fuels (Sulfur-reduction) Roadmap

Day 1-SESSION 2: Public Health, Environment and Historical Sites

Day 1-SESSION 3: Financing & Future prospects