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Kenya ministry looking to import environmentally friendly diesel

The Kenyan ministry of energy has directed petroleum marketers to import environment-friendly diesel.

KENYA // The Kenyan ministry of energy has directed petroleum marketers to import environment-friendly diesel. The Sunday Nation reported the ministry wants to see the level of sulphur in imported diesel for local use reduced from 5,000 to 500 parts per million (PPM) to protect the air in line with global trends of using cleaner fuels. "Five hundred PPM will reduce emissions from all vehicles, new or old irrespective of maintenance regimes. Kenya should target going to lower than 50 PPM to improve quality of air in urban areas," the programme officer for the United Nations Environment Programme Jane Akumu told the newspaper. A study done recently by World Bank and African Refiners Association shows that sub-Saharan Africa stands to gain $43 billion (Dh158 billion) over 10 years in health benefits from low sulphur and strict vehicle maintenance standards. The benefits of this fuel include reduction of visible black smoke, and decreased corrosion.