Stakeholders finetune draft of Philippines’ fuel economy labeling program

October 10, 2018

A draft of the Philippine Government’s Vehicle Fuel Economy Labeling Program for light-duty vehicles was presented to key stakeholders at a roundtable discussion in Manila in September.

The Vehicle Fuel Economy Labeling Program is part of the development of Particular Product Requirements (PPR) – formerly known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations and pursuant to the Philippine Department of Energy’s Circular 2016-04-005 or the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP). The meeting was followed by a series of consultations, workshops and focus group discussions with government agencies, automotive manufacturers, and development partners.

The PESLP requires all importers, manufacturers, distributors, and dealers of electrical appliances and other energy-consuming products to comply with the government’s energy standards and labeling program.

At the September 5 roundtable discussion, jointly organized by Clean Air Asia, the Department of Energy (DOE), UN Environment and GIZ, participants accepted the majority of the PPR’s sections and provisions, including clarification of the proposed fuel-economy star rating scale that will contain both a rating for the absolute value of fuel economy and a reference for consumers enabling them to do a relative comparison. Further discussions will be conducted with stakeholders to finalize the label, but it was agreed in the meeting that the label will contain a combined/average fuel economy rating,“highway” and “urban” ratings, and a reference.

A final stakeholder meeting is scheduled for later this year, when the last draft of the PPR will be agreed upon, with the aim of having the draft signed by the DOE Secretary by the end of the year.

“The target of the DOE is to implement this on a voluntary basis by January 1, 2019,” said Artemio Habitan, Division Chief of the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division.

The stakeholder consultations have been jointly organized with financial support from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, the European Union, and GIZ.