Zimbabwe workshop discusses fuel economy findings

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Participants at the conference.
Participants at the conference.
Jane Akumu of UN Environment responds to a question.
Jane Akumu of UN Environment responds to a question.

On 13 December 2017 the Global Fuel Economy Initiative held a national workshop in Zimbabwe to discuss the findings of new fuel economy baseline analysis.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr. Partson Mbiriri, who opened the event, thanked the UN Environment for supporting the vehicle inventory study which he noted was important to not only support the import of safer, cleaner, and more fuel efficient vehicles into Zimbabwe, but will also contribute to Zimbabwe’s commitments in tackling climate change. The fuel economy inventory study was carried out by the University of Zimbabwe and coordinated by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority. Zimbabwe is one of the ten countries in Africa being supported through GFEI funding from the FIA Foundation to analyse their vehicle fleet and assess fuel economy trends.

Participants were informed that there was a significant drop in the imports of new light duty vehicles in Zimbabwe - from 15.7% in 2005 to 3.8% in 2016 – mainly due to the introduction of surtax on vehicles older than 5 years. The average import age also dropped for 8.9 years in 2005 to 13.3 in 2016.

Among the key recommendations were the need to establish mechanisms to develop and/or revise the fuel tax options / tax rebate systems in relation to CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency levels for better fuel consumption in the country’s vehicle fleet.

Workshop Report

Cost Benefit Analysis Presentation - Dr. N Kaseke, University of Zimbabwe
GFEI Zimbabwe Objectives - Dr. Tagwireyi, Prof Mduluza, Eng. Shonhiwa, Mr. Chishakwe, Dr. Kaseke, Mr. Manjoro, Mr. Zanamwe, University of Energy & Power Development Zimbabwe
Legislation and Regulations Affecting Motor Vehicle Use in Zimbabwe - N.E Chishakwe, University of Zimbabwe
Motor Vehicle Inventory - N. Zanamwe, University of Zimbabwe
ZERA Health Related Issues in the Transport Sector - Prof. Takafira Mduluza, University of Zimbabwe