The National Environment Agency of Singapore and Clean Air Asia organized the first ASEAN Clean Fuels and Vehicles Forum with support from various partners including UNEP, GIZ, and the ASEAN Secretariat. The ASEAN Member countries represented during the forum include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mr. Michael Walsh delivered the Keynote Speech. He highlighted the increasing motorization rates in the ASEAN led by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia and that rising GDP could lead to more production and sales in the region and as well as sales outside the ASEAN. Thailand is already exporting vehicles to the EU and the US. He emphasized the need to have standards and establish roadmaps for cleaner fuels and vehicles. He posed a challenge to the participants on the possibility to move the ASEAN region to Euro 4/IV equivalent emission standards and 50ppm sulfur in both gasoline and diesel by 2015/16 and Euro 6/VI by 2020. The representative from Petro Vietnam confirmed that Vietnam is moving to 50ppm sulfur in fuels by 2016 to meet Euro 4/IV vehicle emission standards. The Vietnamese government has also confirmed moving to Euro 5/V and 10ppm sulfur in fuels by 2021. The move to Euro 4 and 50ppm sulfur in fuels by 2015/2016 is also planned in Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and the Philippines. Thailand has moved to Euro 4/IV and 50ppm sulfur in fuels at the end of 2012 and Singapore is moving to Euro V by 1 Jan 2014 and has mandated 10ppm sulfur in diesel in July 2013. Euro 4 for gasoline vehicles will be implemented by April 2014 in Singapore. The development of a harmonized roadmap for cleaner fuels and vehicles, including fuel economy policies will be raised officially at the relevant ASEAN working groups.
Master classes were held on strengthening fuel quality and vehicle emission standards led by Axel Friedrich, GIZ consultant and Vance Wagner of ICCT with inputs from the Vehicle Emissions Control Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection in China; formulating fuel economy policies and standards led by Bert Fabian of UNEP and Rob Earley of Clean Air Asia with sharing of country experiences from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam; and periodic testing and inspection for in-use vehicles delivered by Michael Walsh.
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