The Philippines will soon be among the South East Asian countries to have put in place and implement fuel economy policies. Last October 13, 2017, the “First Workshop on Vehicle Fuel Economy Labeling in the Philippines” was held at the GIZ Office Manila in Makati City.
Led by the Department of Energy (DOE), and co-facilitated by GIZ Transport and Climate Change (TCC) Project and Clean Air Asia (CAA), the workshop sought to introduce technical and policy components of vehicle fuel economy labeling (VFEL) to relevant government agencies, and, at the same time, gather inputs from them regarding the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the DOE Department Circular 2016-04-0005 also known as the “Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP)”.
The workshop included sessions to gather inputs on the following: 1) components of a VFEL program to be introduced in the Philippines, 2) gaps and challenges to VFEL implementation and corresponding solutions, and, 3) concrete next steps in developing the VFEL program. The outputs of the workshop will form part of the recommendations for the Technical Committee which will be established in November 2017 during the follow up workshop to be conducted with a bigger group of stakeholders.
Mr. Artemio Habitan, Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of DOE, kicked off the workshop with a presentation on DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Roadmap 2017-2040. He mentioned the Roadmap’s sectoral strategies for transport, industry, residential buildings, and commercial buildings in the short term (2017-2020), medium term (2021-2030), and long term (2031-2040), and gave an emphasis on where VFEL comes in to achieve these targets.
For the transport sector, Mr. Raymund Macanas introduced DOTr’s initiatives and programs promoting sustainable road transport in the Philippines. GIZ TCC Country Coordinator, Ms. Hannah Ebro, introduced fuel economy policies and initiatives in Asia while CAA’s Transport Researcher, Mr. Mark Tacderas, gave further examples of vehicle fuel economy labels being implemented in other countries.
The initiative to support DOE in moving vehicle fuel economy labelling forward in the Philippines is conducted by the GIZ TCC Project in collaboration with Clean Air Asia and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It follows the Project’s overall objective of improving the conditions for the implementation of measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce climate relevant emissions from the land transport sector in the ASEAN Region.
Representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Climate Change Commission (CCC), and academe, including the University of the Philippines National Center for Transportation Studies (UP NCTS), were all invited to the workshop as members of the VFEL advisory group.
Presentations can be downloaded here:
1) The DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Roadmap
Art Habitan, DOE
2) Fuel Economy Policies and Initiatives in the ASEAN Region
Hannah Ebro, GIZ TCC
3) Mitigation Options of the Transport Sector
Raymund Macanas, DOTr
4) Vehicle Fuel Economy Labeling
Mark Tacderas, CAA