DOE presents final guidelines for Philippines’ fuel economy labeling program

Hannah Ebro from GIZ facilitates the open forum

December 20, 2018

Representatives from the government, vehicle importers, manufacturers, distributors and dealers, and development partners came together in December to discuss the final draft of the Particular Product Requirements (PPR) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines.

At the December 13 meeting and PPR presentation for the Vehicle Fuel and Economy Labeling (VFEL) Program in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) office in Taguig, Metro Manila, jointly organized by Clean Air Asia, the Department of Energy, UN Environment and GIZ, deliberations focused on star label fuel economy ranges, label design, transitory provision, and monitoring, verification and evaluation.

The VFEL Program is part of the government’s Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program, which aims to promote the efficient use of energy by empowering consumers through the provision of information on energy-consuming products.

During the meeting, it was agreed that a voluntary period of two years starting January 2019 would be implemented and a fuel economy label without a star rating scale would be adopted. During this period, the DOE will coordinate with industry representatives and encourage them to submit data for consideration in the analysis and finalization of the star rating ranges and scale. Beginning in January 2021, the VFEL Program will be mandatory and will include star ratings.

“We need your full cooperation, especially during the voluntary period, to ensure the success of this program,” said Artemio Habitan, Division Chief of the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division.

The final presentation and preceding stakeholder consultations were jointly organized with financial support from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, the European Union, and GIZ.