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16 Nov 2009
To develop an action plan for cleaner fuels and vehicles in the Philippines with the aim of adopting Euro IV standards or specific parameters of Euro IV standards
The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) organized a National Workshop for Clean Fuels and Vehicles on November 16, 2009 in Pasig City, Metro Manila. Stakeholders discussed an action plan for moving from the current Euro 2 standards to Euro 4 standards or specific parameters thereof.
Sophie Punte, Executive Director of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center opened the event and stated that the “The cost to Manila alone is about half a billion dollars a year to address air pollution.” CAI-Asia’s Bert Fabian also said that according to the DENR “There are 162,933 deaths per year in the Philippines due to air pollution.” He expressed hope that the Philippines will be able to develop a roadmap for cleaner fuels and vehicles and address the problem of air pollution in the country.
To show that a move towards Euro 4 standards was doable, Manwipa Kuson from the Pollution Control Department of Thailand shared the experience of Thailand, one of only two countries (the other country being Singapore) in the 10-member ASEAN certain to adopt Euro 4 standards. Thailand will adopt Euro 4 emission standards for brand-new light duty diesel and gasoline vehicles in the year 2012.
But the Philippines is running against time, if it wants to implement Euro 4 standards at the same time as Thailand in 2012. During the drafting of the action plan, representatives of the auto industry sector maintained that if there is a desire by the government to adopt Euro 4 standards by 2012, then the DENR must issue the required administrative order by 2010 so that there is a 2-year lead time for them to prepare. A representative of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) said that if an issuance is made by the DENR in 2010 mandating the adoption of Euro 4 standards, there shall be voluntary compliance of the same from 2012-2014 and mandatory compliance by 2014 onwards. Pilipinas Shell, for its part, wanted to be given 5 years from the DENR’s issuance to comply with the new standards. The DENR’s timely issuance of the required mandate is therefore essential; any delay in the issuance would delay the adoption of cleaner fuels and vehicles in the Philippines.
Those present at the Workshop also acknowledged that even bills in support of the move for cleaner fuels and vehicles—such as those providing tax exemptions for Euro 4 fuels, incentives to refineries, car manufacturers, and the public who will patronize Euro 4 standard fuels and vehicles—must be filed before February 2010 to ensure that the elections which will be held in May 2010 do not cause any delays in the passage of these measures.
In the end, the acknowledgement by the stakeholders of the challenges in achieving their goals, especially because 2010 is an election year, made the preparation of the action plan and setting of goals more realistic.
|Philippines National Workshop Report||412.74 KB|
|Annex E1 CAMPI letter to DOTC||428 KB|
|Annex E2 CAMPI letter to DOE||1.14 MB|
|Annex F Draft DAO Motor Vehicle Standards||93.29 KB|