In February, GFEI, through CEDARE and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) presented the findings of four case studies at an event in Cairo. The studies were conducted to assess fuel economy and carbon emissions of light duty vehicles in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Morocco, and to review relevant regulations.
The Algeria National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalization of Energy Use (APRUE) is promoting cleaner fuels and more fuel efficient vehicles in Algeria. A national workshop to discuss policy options to improve vehicle fuel efficiency was held on June 3-4 2015 in Algiers, Algeria. Average vehicle fuel efficiency in Algeria improved from 7.5l/100km in 2005 to 7.0l/100km in 2013, which may mostly be attributed to the government’s policy to import new vehicles only.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced new light-duty vehicle (LDV) fuel economy standards in November 2014 for all new and used passenger vehicles and light trucks, whether imported from outside or manufactured in Saudi Arabia. They will be effective as of January 1, 2016, and will be fully phased in by December 31, 2020. A review of the targets will be carried out by December 2018, at which time targets for 2021–2025 will be set.