31 AUGUST 2021


The use of leaded petrol has been eradicated now. 
The world said goodbye to leaded petrol in July when service stations in Algeria stopped selling leaded petrol.

In 2002, UNEP initiated the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) through an accelerated campaign of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

“Today, we celebrate the culmination of a global, decades-long effort to rid the world of lead in petrol. Ending the use of leaded petrol will prevent more than million premature deaths each year from heart disease, strokes and cancer.  And it will protect children whose IQs are damaged by exposure to lead”, UN Chief Antonio Guterres highlighted the health benefits through his tweets.

The compound tetraethyl lead was added to petrol to boost engine performance since 1922 and UNEP began the awareness campaign to stop air, water and soil contamination.

“The successful enforcement of the ban on leaded petrol is a huge milestone for global health and our environment,” Inger Anderson, Executive director of UNEP also commented on the “international success story” of the world towards “sustainability and a cleaner, greener future”.
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