Older cars in Addis Ababa may stop because of their high carbon emissions

The Addis Ababa Environment Protection Authority advises drivers in the capital with heavily polluting vehicles to prepare ahead of time and have alternatives available.

Additionally, the automotive smoke standard preparations are being discussed.

General Manager of the Addis Ababa Environmental Protection Authority Dada Driba told the Ethiopian Press Agency that norms for car smoke are being created. In this way, the cost of each car will be determined.

He said that if the emissions are higher than the set threshold, the car won’t be serviced.

Largely smoke-producing cars are frequently in service for at least 23 years after they are built, according to the authority. Older automobile owners should therefore immediately begin considering a solution.

He said that while his administration won’t immediately ban all cars, necessary fees will be applied to those that contribute more carbon emissions to the capital.

However, Dada requested that everyone who issues tickets, inspects vehicles, and buys cars adhere to the government’s emission standards.

As the official said. The standard will go into effect shortly.

Dada stated that new cars would not enter the city if imported vehicles were permitted to be imported as they were in the past. According to him, the car exhaust standard under preparation will lessen the health risks linked to the gases and dusts that cause air pollution.

He announced the installation of ten contemporary air quality control systems in the nation’s capital and the impending arrival of a smoke-emitting vehicle device.

One of the most important ways to lessen exposure to air pollution, according to him, is to spread knowledge about air quality, especially at the right time and location.

The World Health Organization’s guidelines serve as the foundation for national air quality regulations. According to Mr. Dda, Addis Ababa is putting together criteria for this foundation. He said that taking this action would guarantee high-grade air.

Globally, the transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Vehicle emissions are also a significant source of fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides that are major causes of urban air pollution.

Many exported used cars would not meet safety or emission standards in their countries of origin, with some even stripped of key parts or safety features, such as air filters. Ideally, these vehicles will be rapidly phased out as part of the global transition to electric mobility but, in the meantime, experts say the trade needs to be regulated, not least because the global fleet will double by 2050, with some 90 per cent of this growth taking place in low- and middle-income countries.

UNEP has long been working with partners to tighten regulations in importing countries while urging developed countries to stop exporting vehicles that fail environment and safety inspections.

In a landmark report last October, UNEP found that the three largest exporters of used vehicles – the European Union, Japan, and the United States – exported 14 million used light duty vehicles worldwide between 2015 and 2018.

Of the 146 countries studied in the report, about two-thirds have “weak” or “very weak” policies regulating the import of used vehicles. The report called for harmonized regulations at a global and regional level to “ensure used vehicles make meaningful contributions to shifting to cleaner, safer, and affordable mobility.” This could notably happen if used low- and no-emissions vehicles are promoted as an affordable way for developing countries to access advanced technologies.

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