- Planet Possible
Finally, the end of leaded gas
After decades of international pressure by a UN group, leaded gasoline is no longer being produced.
The last leaded fuel has finally disappeared from gas stations. The last country in the world to sell it: Algeria.
“It is a big day,” said Jane Akumu, lead Africa program officer for sustainable mobility at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Akumu is one of a cadre of international transportation and children’s health experts who have focused for decades on the issue of lead in fuel and paint.
For the past 19 years, country-by-country efforts to eradicate leaded fuel have been carried out by the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, a group of 73 industry groups, governments, NGOs, and others under the aegis of UNEP. But why did this take so long, when the understanding of lead as a