Bangkok, Thailand, 10 August 2017 – The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) in cooperation with TCC organised “The third workshop on move forward fuel economy policy in Thailand” at OTP as a kick-off work shop for the second phase of the study on fuel efficiency policies in the land transport sector in Thailand. Following two previous workshops in March and November in 2016, the third workshop shared findings and recommendations from the first phase of study and identified scope of work in second phase.
The workshop aimed to bring together related stakeholders to seek cooperation on the development/implementation of fuel economy and efficiency policies in Thailand. Around 60 attendees were present from both the public and private sectors.
The workshop started with presentations giving an overview of the TCC-supported study on FE policies in the land transport sector in Thailand. The study shows that the weighted average fuel economy of passenger light duty vehicles (PLDV) worsened from 6.98 litres of gasoline equivalent per 100 kilometres (6.98 lge/100km) in 2012 to 7.08 litres in 2014. However, the study suggests possible paths toward FE improvement in Thailand, including a revision of the CO2-based excise tax and improvement of the ECO sticker.
Two automotive manufacturers (Isuzu and BMW) were invited as guest speakers to share their private sector experience and potential for FE improvement. Tri Petch Isuzu Sales Co., Ltd. and BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. presented on ‘fuel efficiency improvements through engine size optimisation and fuel efficiency improvement by hybridisation, respectively, both of which support energy efficiency in vehicles.
In the end, the workshop heard vibrant discussions and exchanges of experiences on fuel efficiency policy improvement in Thailand, such as the improvement of vehicle specifications for governmental procurement to allow for the purchasing of more efficient vehicles, as well as the possibility of excise tax structure improvements, which could cover both passenger cars and motorcycles.
This workshop plays a significant role in enhancing the understanding of fuel efficiency policy to a wider range of stakeholders as well as a platform for public-private dialogue on FE policies. The workshop continued a good cooperation among stakeholders for advancing FE policies/measures towards implementation.
In the next step, TCC will hold bilateral discussions to gather more information in the development of cost-benefit analysis and policy recommendations for more energy efficient vehicles, benefiting Thai consumers, the government, industry, and the environment.
A workshop report will be soon uploaded.