THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat has released a seven-year roadmap that sets stretch targets for reducing the fuel consumption of light duty vehicles (LDVs) across the region.
The document, known as ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap for Transport Sector 2018 — 2025: With Focus on Light-Duty Vehicles, identifies as a key objective reducing LDVs fuel use from the 2015 to 2025 model years to around 5.30 liters of fuel equivalent per 100 kilometers (LGe/100km).
The “aspirational” target represents a 26% reduction from the 7.20 LGe/100km posted for 2015.
The 2015 baseline represents fuel consumption rates in the core ASEAN Five countries of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The five countries were the only ones that had adequate data for the period and account for 95% of the region’s LDVs sales.
The ASEAN sales-weighted average of new LDVs fuel consumption is higher than the world average of about 7.00 LGe/100km, attributed to a “technology gap” which causes ASEAN cars to consume more fuel despite being less powerful, deploying smaller engines and being lighter than average.
“This technology gap results from the absence of stringent fuel economy policies,” the Secretariat added.
During the period, Philippine LDVs fuel consumption rates were about 7.70 LGe/100km, followed by Malaysia with 6.6 LGe/100 km.
The new LDV fuel efficiency target for ASEAN “provides long-term planning direction for manufacturers and enables governments to monitor progress against the aspirational target.”
“It serves to benchmark potential reductions in energy demand, GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, and fuel costs, and is thus an important component of regional economic and climate policy-making,” it added.
The ASEAN Secretariat released two other documents accompanying the roadmap: the ASEAN Regional Strategy on Sustainable Land Transport and the Sustainable Land Transport Indicators on Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas [GHG] Emissions in ASEAN.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomed the targets under the ASEAN fuel economy roadmap, adding government will seek to amend transport policy to achieve the targets.
“While there is general coherence and alignment of the targets in the Roadmap with our current policy direction, we will work with our colleagues… to see if there are adjustments or if there are additional measures we need to put in place,” Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in a mobile message on Wednesday. — Janina C. Lim