The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in partnership with the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is advancing initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines by fostering the growth of the local electric vehicle (EV) industry.
DTI Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba emphasized this commitment during the "E-Mobility ASAP project" launch at the 11th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit in October 2023. This marks a pivotal moment in the Philippines’ ongoing efforts to promote sustainability and combat the climate emergency.
Electric mobility stands as a transformative measure for a cleaner transportation sector,* recognized for its role in enhancing air quality, curbing the carbon footprint of transportation, and minimizing energy consumption.*
"The Philippine government continues to call on different agencies and sectors to pursue the adoption of e-mobility and support the implementation of the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI),” said Undersecretary Aldaba at the launch.
The CREVI, which was developed by the Department of Energy following the enactment Republic Act No. 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) in 2022 highlights the importance of mobility as an enabler for social and economic development.
“Towards this end, the E-mobility ASAP project will help the implementation of CREVI through technical support in several aspects of policy development, business models, charging infrastructure, and scaling-up of investments,” added Usec. Aldaba.
Alliances for Cleaner Air and Climate Action
Collaboration plays a pivotal role in attaining sustainable mobility, improving air quality, and mitigating climate change. This requires active participation from different sectors, government levels, and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
In pursuit of this goal, the DTI-BOI and UNIDO are partnering with the Clean Air Asia-led consortium of project collaborators, including the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, De La Salle University Manila, and the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI).
“This presents a significant opportunity for Clean Air Asia to contribute to the growth of the electric vehicle industry in the country by facilitating sustainable local production and adoption of EVs and their components,” affirmed Atty. Glynda Bathan-Baterina, Deputy Executive Director at Clean Air Asia.
Roadmap to a Greener Future
At the project launch, Undersecretary Aldaba unveiled the comprehensive objectives of the Global Environment Facility-funded initiative.
This project encompasses several key elements, including the creation of a supportive policy environment for the e-mobility industry in the Philippines, to attract investments and implement an electric vehicle roadmap; the development of sustainable business models to boost EV demands that are climate-smart and gender-responsive; demonstration and deployment of innovative charging infrastructure and EV value chain improvements in collaboration with local government units; and the expansion of investments through partnerships and knowledge exchange, connecting with global electric mobility programs and providing training on EV and battery life cycle solutions.
The project is set to run until July 2027, and during its launch, UNIDO Country Representative Teddy G. Monroy expressed strong support for the initiative.
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*Chiang, Alexandra, and GrütterJürg. ACCELERATING LOW-CARBON PATHWAYS through E-MOBILITY PERSPECTIVES from DEVELOPING ECONOMIES ADB SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WORKING PAPER SERIES NO. 84. 2023.