No country in the world uses leaded petrol anymore. The UN Environmental Program UNEP reported this on Monday. That “big step” will allow the world to save 1.2 million lives each year and save more than $2,400 billion.
More than a century after the first warnings about the toxic risks of this gasoline were sent out, Algeria, the last country to use leaded gasoline, has exhausted its supplies.
Until the 1970s, almost all petrol on the market still contained lead. More than twenty years ago, more than a hundred countries were still using it.
“The successful implementation of a ban on leaded petrol represents a major step for global health and for our environment,” said UNEP chief executive Inger Andersen.