June 2018

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Africa: Challenges facing harmonized fuel standards in East Africa

East Africa developed coordinated fuel standards as early as January 2015.

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

East Africa developed coordinated fuel standards as early as January 2015. However, more than 3 yr later, major stumbling blocks remain to the effective implementation of these guidelines, due to different countries’ variations in their approach to eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transacting the sub-region’s fuel economy. A few achievements have been recorded by Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi in the integration of their economies under the East African Community (EAC), a regional intergovernmental organization. This has enabled not only the “harmonization” of low-sulfur fuels standards, but it has also provided a platform for the countries to discuss how they can

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