NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN Environmental has received overwhelming
support for its drive to ensure that urban transport systems
become more technologically efficient and lead to low emission
of carbon dioxide.
vehicle manufacturing firms attending the Africa Clean Mobility
Conference in Nairobi, said that although extra resources were
required to produce low carbon emitting vehicles, the initiative
was worthwhile for the sake of humankind.
conference, delegates from African countries, representatives of
car manufacturing companies and energy sector regulators, came
together to discuss the steps to improve fuel economy of cars
and heavy transport vehicles, fuel quality and vehicle emission
According to the UN
Environment, there are opportunities for the African region to
move directly from low-to-zero emission of carbons within a
“The zero emission
cars are already available in the developed countries,” said Jim
Dando, Sales and Operations Director at Nissan Group of Africa.
Dando said the
importation of the used vehicles needed a re-think if the
African region was to achieve the low carbon emission and to
transition to zero carbon emission in the future.
He said the
infrastructure in Africa does not provide the support for the
zero transmission vehicles in Africa, especially given that most
countries have not developed the required centers for charging
the batteries of the electric vehicles, which have the low
“It would be
difficult to meet the zero transmission in Africa,” Dando said.
In Kenya, Isuzu East
Africa representative Zacharia Mungai, said the country recorded
sales of 890 new vehicles in 2017, with 400 of them assembled in
the country compared to 6,576 used vehicles imported every
Mungai said Kenya
has developed policies and standards for ensuring the low carbon
emissions from cars.
UN blames used vehicles for
increase of greenhouse gases in Africa
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A UN official on Thursday attributed the increase
in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Africa to unregulated
importation of used vehicles.
Rob de Jong, head of
Air Quality and Mobility Unit at the UN Environment, said the
majority of diesel engine vehicles sold to the continent produce
adverse emissions that require regulation.
“You need to develop
a harmonized policy to help regulate the importation of the
vehicles to avoid being duped by importers,” he said at the
ongoing Africa Clean Mobility Conference in Nairobi.
De Jong noted that
the majority of countries do not have policies to regulate the
importation of the vehicles and that the existing policies are
He said given that
the countries have porous borders, it is important that a
harmonized policy is developed as opposed to every country
developing their own.
“You need to copy
the European Union that has a single policy that guides the
importation of used cars,” he added.
Used vehicles are
popular in most African countries, yet their rate of pollution
is higher compared to new vehicles.
In East Africa
alone, 70 percent of GHG emissions recorded comes from the
transport sector that is dominated by the used vehicles.
De Jong said more
than 42 million used cars were imported in the continent mainly
by Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Guinea,
Cameroon, Togo and Uganda in 2014 alone.
He said even as the
vehicles provide opportunities, they too provide challenges in
regard to their condition and fuel issues.
De Jong urged
African governments to acquire affordable technology to help
acquire quality used vehicles, fit for the operating environment
and do not have adverse financial, environmental and health
“The vehicles should
be between three to five years old, proven to work well and
clean for usage,” he added.
De Jong commended
Mauritius which imported four hybrid electric vehicles in 2016
and has increased the number to 4,000.
He said the UN
Environment is ready to help the countries develop harmonized
policies to avoid having several different policies.
countries must also stop dumping unsafe and dirty vehicles and
start helping African countries leapfrog to clean and safe
technology,” he noted.
He recommended that
exporters contribute one U.S. dollars per every exported car to
help fix their environmental damage.
According to the
UNEP, used cars in the continent are mainly imported from Japan,
Europe and the United States. Kenya imports 96 percent of used
cars years while Nigeria imports 99 mainly through
internet-based sales. Liberia imports 90 percent while in Uganda
the numbers of used cars are higher than new cars.
Lithium battery-powered electric bicycle showcased at UN
(Xinhua) -- A lithium battery-powered bicycle, which
is portable and designed for motorists in congested urban
cities, has been showcased at the Africa Clean Mobility Week
Conference being held in Nairobi to seek solutions for
sustainable urban transport methods.
The electric bicycle, currently
retailing at 500 U.S. dollars, is part of a new range of
environmentally-friendly urban transport tools showcased at the
UN Environment-organized meeting, which ends on Friday to help
step up the fight against climate change.
“Our products have gained market
acceptance,” said Lod Huang, the general manager of the
TAILG, a Chinese electric motor vehicles and bikes
manufacturer, which showcased its array of urban transport
tools in Nairobi.
“We want to make sure the air is clean
for everyone. This is why we intend to come to Africa with
these products,” Lod said, also emphasizing the health
benefits of cycling.
Lod said the UN initiative to promote
environmentally sustainable transport would also accelerate
uptake of its e-bicycles and electric vehicles.
The Clean Mobility Week, dedicated to
the search for new measures to limit the emission of gases that
cause climate change, attracted delegates from 42 countries.
“The impact of climate change affects
everyone, not just people in a particular sector,” said
Wanjiku Manyara, General Manager at the Petroleum Institute
of East Africa.
“The issues of a healthier environment
are bigger than anyone regardless of the profit motives of
private companies,” said Manyar.
UN Environment Executive Director Erik
Solheim said the organization stands ready to provide a platform
for companies with the right products with the potential to
According to the UN Environment, its
intervention to combat the use of leaded petrol is estimated to
have saved 2.45 trillion dollars worldwide, including preventing
1.2 million deaths from heart diseases.