Press Launch: UNEP, NHETI to Release Two New Reports on environmental toll of global trade in used vehicles

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Netherlands Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate will release two new reports for global use.

The two reports are UNEP’s Used Vehicles and the Environment – A Global Overview of Used Light Duty Vehicles – Flow, Scale and Regulation, and a new report by the Netherlands Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, Used Vehicles Exported to Africa.

The UNEP report, the first of its kind, is based on in – depth analysis of 146 countries and finds that millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the USA and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, contributing significantly to air pollution and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.

It calls for action to fill the current policy vacuum with the adoption of a set of harmonized minimum quality standards that will ensure used vehicles contribute to cleaner and safer fleets in recipient countries.

The report by the Netherlands Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate shows that many cars and vans shipped from Dutch ports to Africa are outdated and contribute to worsening air quality on the continent.

These findings will contribute to work by African governments and UNEP, who are working to improve the quality of the African vehicle fleet in terms of both emissions and road safety.

The reports are set to be launched on Monday 26 October 2020, Via a webinar at 12:45pm-1:45pm East African Time/10:45am-11:45pm CEST.

Speakers of the launch are Inger Andersen – Executive Director, UN Environment Programme, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong – Boateng – Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, the Republic of Ghana.

Others are Stientje Van Veldhoven, Minister for the Environment, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Bob e Jong – Head, Sustainable Mobility Unit, UNEP (Moderator)

About the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

About the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT). The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate is the supervising authority of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

The ILT works at improving safety, confidence and sustainability in regard to transport, infrastructure, environment and housing.

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