Taguig City, Philippines – Last September 5, 2018, the Department of Energy (DOE) organised a roundtable discussion with the private sector to agree on the provisions of the Philippines’ guidelines on fuel economy (FE) labeling for light duty vehicles.
For this roundtable discussion, DOE invited representatives from vehicle manufacturers, importers, and dealers, together with GIZ, UN Environment and Clean Air Asia, to look at the consolidated guidelines which were enhanced by inputs from stakeholders who participated in the workshop last April 2018 . The activity began with remarks from OIC Director Jesus Anunciacion of the Energy Utilization and Management Bureau (DOE-EUMB) as he laid out the direction DOE wants to pursue for its entire Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP). Art Habitan, Division Chief of EUMB’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, showed the outline of PESLP’s implementing guidelines which is intended for energy-consuming products such as refrigerators, aircons, and vehicles. When the fuel economy labeling guidelines have been finalised, it will be included as part of the Compendium of Particular Product Requirements (PPR) of the PESLP. DOE plans to implement the vehicle labeling policy on a voluntary basis for 1 to 2 years beginning 2019, which the private sector found acceptable to give them ample time for transition. Other key agreements during the roundtable discussion include: label contents and terminologies such as indicating combined, highway, and urban FE ratings; process for label application and required documents by DOE; and, limiting the scope of the PPR to internal combustion engines (e.g., gasoline and diesel) and hybrid vehicles only.