April 26-27, 2018, Pathum Thani, Thailand – National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) in cooperation with Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and GIZ TCC conducted “The 1st APEC Workshop on Policy Dialogue on Fuel Economy Platform” at the Thailand Science Park Convention Center, Pathum Thani.
The aim of the workshop was to establish a platform for policy dialogue on fuel economy (FE) within APEC economies. The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants from government agencies, development agencies and private organizations. This workshop was endorsed and supported by APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) through Thailand Ministry of Science and Technology.
The first day of the two-day workshop started with a welcome speech by the Deputy Executive Director of MTEC, Dr. Aree Thanaboonsombut, and with opening remarks by the Director of Office of International Cooperation of MOST and PPSTI representative of Thailand, Ms. Thamaporn Apison. Mr. Bert Fabian, Programme Officer at the Air Quality and Mobility Unit at UN Environment, presented in his keynote speech the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) and how APEC member economies can work collectively together to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. Then, APEC member economies presented their respective efforts, including:
– USA by Ms. Zifei Yang, from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
– Australia by Mr. Mark Gjerek, MOV3MENT Co., Ltd.
– Philippines by Ms. Kathleen Dematera, Clean Air Asia (CAA)
– Thailand by Ms. Gessarin Gunthawong, GIZ TCC, and
– Viet Nam by Prof.Dr. Le Anh Tuan, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST),
A regional perspective for the countries of Southeast Asia and possibilities for moving forward together were shared by Mr. Friedel Sehlleier from GIZ TCC to conclude the first day.
The second day focused on Thailand as a case study with a presentation on policy impact analysis on behalf of the GIZ TCC project by Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop from MTEC, followed by presentations from private sectors, such as
-Isuzu by Mr. Whicha Thaitavorn focusing on engine downsizing
-BMW by Dr. Atthawit Techawiboonwong focusing on hybridization and
-AVL by Mr. Franz Kinzer focusing on demonstrated vehicle with improved fuel economy from existing technologies
Afterwards, a detailed cost-benefit analysis tool on fuel economy with case study (Fuel Economy Policy Implementation Tool, FEPIT) was walked through by Dr. Peerawat Saisirirat from MTEC to serve as inspiration for other APEC member economies who may conduct similar analysis to support fuel economy policy in their own economies.
The workshop provided a platform for participating APEC member economies to develop policy dialogues on fuel economy. A second workshop will take place at the 10th Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ2018) during 14-16 November 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia.