In the Philippines, on June 5, 2023, two Department of Energy circulars on fuel economy standards for vehicles were officially published. See more details in the following.
The Philippines promulgates regulations to introduce automotive fuel economy labels
On November 17, 2022, the Department of Energy of the Philippines published two proposed Department Circulars regarding transport vehicles fuel economy labeling and fuel economy performance. One is called “Road Transport Vehicles Fuel Economy Performance Rating (FEPR) Guidelines” and the other is called “Vehicles Fuel Economy Labeling Program (VFELP) Guidelines,” as full titles of both are given below. The former regulates the fuel economy performance while the latter regulates fuel economy labeling scheme. The original text of these two Circulars can be found at:
- Department Circular No. XX prescribing the fuel economy performance rating (FEPR) guidelines for road transport vehicles under the Philippine transport vehicles fuel economy labeling program (VFELP) for compliance of vehicle manufacturers, importers, distributors, dealers and rebuilders
- Department Circular No. XX prescribing the guidelines of the Philippine transport vehicles fuel economy labeling program (VFELP) for compliance of vehicle manufacturers, importers, distributors, dealers and rebuilders）
As stipulated in Annex A to the FEPR Guidelines, target vehicles covered by the FEPR Guidelines are Class L, Class M1, and Class N1 vehicles that are powered by an internal combustion engine, and vehicles with at least one electric drive for vehicle propulsion, as stipulated in Section 5 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11697 of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act. The coverage of the Guidelines is scheduled to be expanded in the near future.
Business operators regulated under these guidelines, including vehicle manufacturers, importers, distributors, and dealers, must comply with the following requirements:
- Meeting the requirements of the VFELP and the VFELP Guidelines.
- Preparing and submitting reports, as prescribed in the VFELP Implementing Guidelines, to Energy Utilization Management Bureau as needed.
- Paying application fees according to the table of tariffs in Annex C to FEPR Guidelines and taking responsibility for all related costs including the cost for
- Putting printed fuel economy performance labels on their vehicles. As for vehicles on sale, fuel economy performance labels must be put on a visible part of transport vehicles at the time of sale.
- Fully cooperating with the DOE monitoring team.
Additionally, further guidelines for the concrete standard of fuel economy performance will be issued.
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