The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reported that Algeria stopped selling leaded gasoline in July, putting an “official end” to the use of such gasoline in cars.
Rich countries began to gradually abandon leaded gasoline in the seventies and eighties of the last century due to harm to human health and the environment, but some countries continued to sell it.
In 2002, UNEP made a final effort to ban leaded gasoline.
“The successful introduction of the ban on leaded gasoline is a huge milestone for global health and our environment,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.
Lead was added to gasoline about 100 years ago under the pretext of improving engine performance.