Kuching, Malaysia – 13 November 2018, the Regional Policy Dialogue on Fuel Economy in Asia aka the 2nd APEC Workshop on Policy Dialogue on Fuel Economy Platform was a full-house BAQ pre-event with more than 60 participants from more than 15 countries. GIZ TCC was one of the organizing partners together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI), Clean Air Asia (CAA) and Thailand’s National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC).
Bert Fabian (UN Environment) provided a keynote address on behalf of GFEI on the Current Global Status of Fuel Economy Policies highlighting their works with countries to develop fuel economy baseline data and to support policies.
As the host country representative, Mr. Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO of Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) delivered a keynote on “Malaysian Initiative on Fuel Economy Development”. He noted that MAI develops a Malaysia Driving Cycle (MDC) as a standardized method that follows the World Wide Harmonised Light duty Test Cycle (WLTC). This was followed by press conference.
The meeting continued with presentations on status and plans of fuel economy policy in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, ASEAN and the EU (Please find the presentations below).
Senior international fuel economy expert Dr. Axel Friedrich shared the EU experience with CO2 standards for new passenger cars. The EU CO2/km standards have proven to be a very effective instrument and include ambitious targets for the future that can reached at reasonable costs.
On behalf of ASEAN, Mr. Toh Eu Jin (The Singapore Land Transport Authority), introduced the ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap for Transport Sector (2018-2025), with focus on light duty vehicles. The roadmap was produced by ASEAN with the support of GIZ TCC and has been adopted at the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting on 8th November 2018.
In the afternoon session, Dr. Peerawat Saisirirat (MTEC) gave a presentation on Cost Benefit Analysis on Fuel Economy in Thailand and The Philippines in which impacts fuel economy policies have been modeled with the Fuel Economy Policy Implementation Tool (FEPIT) from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Mr. Friedel Sehlleier (GIZ TCC) showed how data on real-world vehicle specific fuel consumption can be crowdsourced with the help of online self-reporting platforms like Spritmonitor. He argued that Southeast Asia doesn’t have such a platform yet and therefore GIZ is working to establish it under the name Moverity – a combination of the words Move and Verity. He gave a sneak preview into the platform prototype, which includes a chatbot to interact with users.
The moderator Ms. Kathleen Dematera (CAA) concluded by stressing the importance of the implementation of the ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap and the need to scale up efforts at the country level to nudge consumers towards more efficient cars, to push automakers to offer the best-available technologies and thereby close the gap between ASEAN and advanced automotive markets.
Meeting agenda and presentations:
- Meeting agenda
- EU CO2 Car Regulation (Dr. Axel Friedrich, International Transport Expert, Germany)
- Low Carbon Emission Vehicle in Indonesia (Mr. Puput Ahmad Safrudin)
- Vehicle Fuel Economy in Philippines (Ms. Genevieve L. Almonares)
- Fuel Economy Policy in Singapore (Mr. Toh Eu Jin)
- Clean and Efficient Vehicle Policy in Bangladesh ( Noor E Alam)
- Update on Fuel Economy Development in Sri Lanka (Ms. Thusitha Sugathapala)
- Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulation in Taiwan (Ms. Shin-Hui Lin)
- Developing Clean and Efficient Vehicle and Fuel Policy for Nepal (Ms. Prabha Neupane)
- Electric Vehicles and Their Link with Fuel Economy Policy (Dr. Yossapong Laoonual, President, Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand)
Another report about the event can be found here https://www.globalfueleconomy.org/blog/2018/november/apec-policy-dialogue-on-fuel-economy