Improving Vehicle Fuel Economy in ASEAN

Clean Air Asia is promoting fuel economy for the Southeast Asian region in line with the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which aims for an improvement of 50% worldwide by 2050 in average fuel economy (reduction in fuel consumption per kilometer).

A survey on fuel economy in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was conducted to assist member countries in adopting a pro-active approach to promote fuel economy by establishing a common framework on policies and measures. This survey was carried out by Clean Air Asia with funding from FIA Foundation in support of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. The survey results was launched at the Fifth Regional EST Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on 24 August 2010. See copy of the press release.

National Discussions


Stakeholders and key vehicle manufacturers in Indonesia met last 3-4 October 2012 for the presentation of the initial findings of the Cost-Benefit Analysis on Fuel Quality and Fuel Economy, undertaken by the Ministry of Environment of Indonesia, together with its project partners that includes Forum Udara Bersih Indonesia (a Clean Air Asia country network in Indonesia). A summary of the report may be downloaded here.


In partnership with the Office of the President through its Presidential Assistant for Climate Change and the Department of Energy, Clean Air Asia organized a series of multi-stakeholder meetings to promote fuel economy in the Philippines. It was recommended during the last meeting attended by international experts that the Technical Committee 44, comprised mainly of the representatives from the Committee on Harmonization of Vehicle Standards and Regulations, serve as the platform for institutionalizing national fuel economy standards in the Philippines.


A draft fuel economy standards for automobiles and light trucks based on Euro 3 were set in 2009 but was eventually terminated in 2012. A fuel economy baseline setting was revisited and a current draft fuel economy standards for automobiles based on Euro 4 was presented to stakeholders in August 2013 by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency of the Ministry of Energy.


The Vietnam Ministry of Transport and Vietnam Register, together with the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (a Clean Air Asia country network in Vietnam) convened various stakeholders for fuel economy standards discussions. Last 18 September 2012, a draft national Technical Regulation on Fuel Consumption of Motorcycles and Mopeds and the draft national Regulations on Fuel Consumption of Light-Duty Vehicles were presented.

Final regulations on size- and mass-based standards is expected to be submitted to the national government for approval, pending further discussions with relevant stakeholders.


Regional Discussions

Together with partners, Clean Air Asia conducts discussions with ASEAN officials and organizes workshops to stimulate discussions among relevant stakeholders on the fuel economy study results, obtain a general agreement among the ASEAN member countries on a framework for implementing fuel economy policies and measures in the region and establish a fuel economy stakeholder group in ASEAN.

To contribute in the harmonization of policies and standards at the ASEAN level, Clean Air Asia also designed a Master Class session for fuel economy attended by high-level officials from ASEAN member-countries at the 1st Clean Fuels and Vehicles Forum in the ASEAN Region last November 2013 in partnership with the Singapore National Environment Agency.

Better Air Quality Conferences

  • BAQ 2008, Thailand: Pre-Event Session on Vehicle Fuel Economy.
  • BAQ 2010, Singapore: Breakout Session on Vehicle Fuel Economy. View article here. Presentations may be downloaded here.
  • BAQ 2014, Sri Lanka: Breakout Session on Doubling Fuel Efficiency of Vehicles in Asia. Presentations may be downloaded here.

Clean Air Asia serves as the regional partner of Global Fuel Economy Initiative in Asia.

FIA Foundation
International Energy Agency
International Transport Forum
UNEP Transport Unit

Clean Air Asia contact:
Chee Anne Roño, ritchie.rono(at)