The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has been luring foreign players to invest in the country’s electric vehicles.
The group noted that the country in the process of fulfilling its pledge to reduce greenhouse gases by 70 percent in 2030.
This was an offshoot of the Paris Summit in December last year, in which attended by 195 countries tackled issues and solutions related to global warming and climate change as causes of intense natural disasters across the globe.
The Philippines pledged to cut by 70 percent its greenhouse gases, which is much higher than the commitments of big emitters like China and India—remaining vague on targets—as well as the United States that pledged only 20 to 30 percent.
As part of the efforts to hit the 70-percent target, EVAP President Rommel Juan said the association is working to attract foreign players to join and possibly forge partnerships with local electric vehicle (EV) players to reduce the use of old and regular vehicles that emit the most pollution into the atmosphere.
“We invite the whole world to look at the Philippines as the up and coming EV hub of Asia, as many programs are being implemented, many manufacturers are setting up and many EV investments are being set in place,” Juan said in a statement on Monday.
EVAP is implementing EV initiatives that include the ETrike Program in Mandaluyong, Boracay, Naga and Cavite, as well as the recent commitment of ETrike maker BEMAC Motors to produce at least 3,000 ETrikes to replace the current fleet of tricycles that contribute to the air pollution in Metro Manila, alongside diesel-guzzling jeepneys.
“Currently, according to CAI-Asia, the regular diesel-fueled jeepneys comprise only 2 percent of the total vehicular volume, yet they contribute 80 percent of the air pollution in Metro Manila. Thus we need a viable non-polluting alternative to these,” Juan said.
“Aside from advocating the replacement of jeepneys with electric jeepneys, we also want to introduce more electric tricycles to replace the old polluting, two-stroke tricycles which number around 1.2 million units throughout the country,” he added.
In line with the drive to increase environmental-friendly vehicles to reduce gas emissions, EVAP is holding its annual Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit in April to invite more EV players, local and foreign alike, and entice them to invest more and engage in partnerships to support the country’s EV initiative.
EVAP’s efforts are in line with the Malacañang’s promise to carry out the country’s commitments in the Paris Summit.
Earlier, Communications Operations Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. said the country will stick true to its pledges during the summit, noting that proper financing, technology and capacity building will be in place to achieve the target.
“The Philippines will fulfill its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) committing to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions conditionally by 70 percent by 2030. This is in solidarity with other nations that will provide support in terms of finance, technology and capacity building,” Coloma said.
The Paris deal will also address the concerns of climate-vulnerable countries like the Philippines that “bear the heaviest, albeit a most disproportionate share of the burden of climate change in terms of assuring the conveyance of resources that will fully support adaptation and mitigation efforts,” he said.
Other groups are also supporting the government’s drive to lower greenhouse gases. These include the Federation of Philippine Industries that suggested the use of renewable alternative energy in place of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas as well as to adopt a massive forestation program nationwide.