May 2012 / Volume 10, Issue 1

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles is the leading global initiative promoting better urban air quality through the use of clean fuels and vehicles.

Vietnam forms auto steering group to develop vehicle emissions and fuel economy

A Vietnamese national auto fuel steering group comprising key stakeholders has been formed to work towards formulation of national policies on vehicle emissions and fuel economy. The group held their first meeting in March 2012 and this hosted at the Vietnam Register (VR) Head Office in Hanoi. Complementary to this process, VR has conducted an institutional mapping of Viet Nam’s national policy on vehicle emission and fuel economy as part of an ongoing National Clean and Efficient Vehicle Policy PCFV project.

VR reviewed existing vehicle-related national policies, taxes, standards, regulations, in order to identify policy anchors for new auto emissions and fuel economy policies, plans and standards. VR also looked at current fleets; fuel uses; as well as the urban traffic scenario.

The review highlighted the rapid motorization in Viet Nam and, as is the case in the region, underscored that motorcycle growth outstripped automobile growth. The report also indicated that the high urban traffic congestion hampered economic development, increased overall fuel consumption and also negatively impacted public health due to air pollution, with road transport accounting for most of the CO, VOC’s and PM emissions. VR will next embark on the collection of data to develop fleet database, vehicle emission and fuel consumption baseline.

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