## Government to require energy efficiency rating for vehicles

Published December 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

By MYRNA M. VELASCO

The government will be enforcing “energy efficiency rating” or fuel economy performance for transport vehicles in compliance with the prescriptions of Republic Act 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Act.

The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law stipulated that the Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shall “prescribe fuel economy performance labeling requirements for transport,” which shall then be enforced to all manufacturers, importers, distributors and dealers of vehicles in the country.

As mandated, the DOE shall commission the research and development of “vehicle fuel economy rating scale” with due consultation will all affected stakeholders.

“The rating scale shall be comparable with baseline data,” according to the energy department; and such must be understandable to the consumers.

The fuel economy label for vehicles, the DOE emphasized, shall contain the vehicle model and make; production year of the vehicle; fuel economy rating in kilometers per liter; carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in ton per kilometer; and vehicle emission standards.

It has to be enforced also that “the fuel economy label shall bear the DOE logo and the fuel consumption rating” of the vehicles.

As specified, “the rating shall not be implemented for the first two (2) years from the effectivity of the law’s IRR in order to allow the DOE to collect fuel economy data from the relevant industry players.”

The law’s IRR had been promulgated and signed this 2019, entailing then that the energy efficiency rating policy for vehicles or the transport sector shall not be implemented until year 2021.

The energy department indicated that the relevant data it shall be gathering from relevant stakeholders and industry players shall become the basis for it to formulate the rating levels to be enforced on the transport sector.

The EEC law chiefly requires that “vehicle manufacturers, importers and dealers shall comply with the fuel economy performance labeling requirements,” as set by the DOE.

Further, the vehicle manufacturers, importers and dealers are directed to “provide technical information on the fuel economy rating of the engine that will allow the consumers to make an informed decision in choosing vehicles for their use.”

At the same time, these players in the transport sector must allow the DOE or its authorized representatives “to conduct market monitoring in their local showroom to verify attachment of energy label” in their cars or vehicles.

“The monitoring schedule for each showroom shall be done at least once a year,” the energy department has specified.’