The international effort to phase out lead in gas is accelerating as more African countries switch to lead-free petrol, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The results of the research, to be presented to the UN agency's Governing Council when it meets in February, indicates that four countries - Egypt, Libya, Mauritius and Sudan - are already fully lead-free and four others are soon to join them. Another 22 countries are in the process of drawing up plans to phase out lead in gas.
The UNEP chief announced that, as a small but symbolic push toward the lead-free goal, the on-site filling station at the UN’s headquarters in Nairobi, which currently sells both leaded and unleaded petrol, will only sell unleaded fuel. — (menareport.com)
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