The world has officially bid farewell to leaded fuel, ending a toxic legacy that began in the last century and has been blamed for a variety of health problems.
Praised as an “International Success Story”, For the first time since 1923, no motorist in the world will legally be able to fill his tank with leaded gasoline. Last month, petrol stations in Algeria – the only country that still had leaded gasoline stocks – stopped offering motorists.
Lead has been used to improve vehicle engine performance since the 1920s. But exhaust fumes containing lead are poisonous and suspected of causing heart disease, cancer, strokes and developmental delays in children. The environment also suffered. Air and soil pollution are just two examples.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday that the last country to use leaded gasoline, Algeria, had the fuel
On Monday, UN Secretary General António Guterres said the global exit marked the end of a 20-year campaign to eradicate a major threat to human health and the planet.
“Lead as a fuel is out of gas – thanks to the collaboration of governments in developing countries, thousands of businesses and millions of ordinary people,” he said.
The initiative led by UNEP aims to bring the world economy about 2.45 Save trillions of dollars. “Ending the use of leaded gasoline will prevent more than a million premature deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer each year,” said Guterres, adding, “And it will protect children whose IQ is damaged from exposure to lead.”
“The successful enforcement of the leaded gasoline ban is a major milestone for global health and our environment,” said Inger Andersen, Managing Director of Unep, adding: “Overcoming a century of deaths and disease which affected hundreds of millions of people and harmed the environment worldwide in the 1980s, almost all low and middle income countries were using it as a public-private partnership, back in 2002 when Unep started the Clean Fuels and Vehicles Partnership Initiative that brings together all stakeholders to raise awareness and overcome Wid Bought from local oil traders and lead producers.
However, Unep said the continued growth in global vehicle use is still contributing to air, water and soil pollution, as well as the climate crisis.