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The Philippines’ DOE conducts stakeholder consultation on regulations for LDV fuel economy labelling

Taguig City, Philippines – Around 30 representatives of automotive manufacturers, national government agencies, and development partners gathered for a consultation workshop to finalize details of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for implementing fuel economy labelling for light duty vehicles (LDVs). The workshop was held on April 11, 2018 and was organised by the Department of Energy (DOE) led by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division (EECD) and in partnership with GIZ, Clean Air Asia, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and the University of the Philippines (UP).

The workshop was formally opened by OIC Director III Jesus Anunciacion of the DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB). This was followed by an introduction of the workshop objectives and review of past consultation sessions by Mark Tacderas of Clean Air Asia. Terry Collins, an energy efficiency consultant, shared New Zealand’s experience in establishing the country’s labelling programme. Afterwards, GIZ’s Hannah Ebro detailed the mechanics of the workshop breakout session and the expected outputs.

For the breakout session, the participants were divided into three groups to examine specific sections of the IRR. The first group tackled Sections 5 and 6 and focused on the definition of terminologies for the IRR, which also sets the scope and limitation of the IRR to some extent. Among the items the group clarified were the definition of a new vehicle, what point-of-sale means, and whether the certificate of conformity (COC) should refer to the COC issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) or if, on general terms, it refers to a COC issued by any authorised organisation. The second group discussed the contents of the label in terms of presented information and design, zeroing in on Sections 7 to 9 of the IRR. Group members discussed the pros and cons of having a star rating scale and the inclusion of carbon dioxide emission value. They also discussed data and reporting needs and the preferred driving cycle to be used between the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) and the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Finally, the third group analysed the proposed process for labelling vis-à-vis existing processes within DOE and relevant agencies such as the DENR and the Land Transportation Office (LTO). A trilateral meeting between these three agencies were also held last March 22 in order to level off about their organisational processes before presenting during the workshop. Looking at Sections 10 to 12 and 16 in more detail, the third group commented on the process map, duration of application process, and requirements to obtain the label. All groups also briefly tackled consumer outreach and website development in their discussions with regards to the fuel economy website being planned by DOE to aid consumers in their vehicle selection.

After the breakout session, each group presented highlights of the discussions and the changes they proposed for the IRR. In his closing remarks, Art Habitan, Division Chief of EECD, mentioned that these recommendations will be considered by DOE in finalising the IRR for the signature of the Secretary. Once the IRR has been signed, the Philippines will be the 4th country within the ASEAN Region after Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam that has a fuel economy labelling scheme.

This initiative is being supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the GIZ Project “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region” or Transport and Climate Change (TCC) Project.