Formation Of Electrical Vehicles Ecolabelling Standard At A Go
August 2011

The problem of increasing petroleum prices and the effect of petroleum based transportation to the environment call for cheaper and more environment-friendly options. One of the alternatives developed throughout the years is the electric vehicle. The electric vehicle or e-vehicle is a mode of transportation that uses an electric motor for propulsion and battery/electricity for its energy source. The advantages in using the e-vehicle are reduced dependence on fossil fuel, reduction of CO2 emission, zero tailpipe emission, less maintenance, and less noise operation.

Since this new technology emerged, an ecolabelling standard for Electric Vehicles (EV) that will be used by the National Ecolabelling Programme-Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GCP) is now being formulated.

Last May 27, a group of experts from environment, transport, business, and technical sectors attended the first Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting to come up with the environmental criteria to use for the ecolabelling standard for e-vehicles. Aside from its formation, another objective is to promote the use of e-vehicles in the country as an alternative means of public transport to lessen the negative environmental impacts of the transport sector.

The TWG is composed of experts from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Transport and Communications, Department of Energy, Land Transportation Office, Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Alternative Modern Transport, League of Cities in the Philippines, Orient and Motolite Marketing Corporation, Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, PhUV, Inc, Century Peak, and M.D. Juan Enterprises.

These experts continue to meet to come up with the finalized e-vehicle ecolabelling standard at present.