Cusi: E-vehicles to reduce emissions

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Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the massive adoption of e-vehicles would contribute to the reduction of carbon monoxide emission as well as lessen the country’s dependence on imported petroleum-based fuel.

Cusi issued the statement in a message delivered by Undersecretary Felix William “Wimpy” B. Fuentebella at the opening ceremony of the 6th Philippine Electric Vehicles Summit on Tuesday at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

“A low-carbon path in the transport sector is an essential part of the Philippines’ strategic priority and we will pursue cleaner, indigenous and optimized energy and transport,” Cusi said.

During the summit, the Department of Energy (DoE) underlined its Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology Roadmap that supports the government’s aggressive “Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.”

The energy chief also emphasized the need to reduce the country’s oil dependence in accordance with the E-Diskarte principle under the E-Power Mo campaign that promotes a smart energy lifestyle.

He added that the heavy dependence of the Philippines on imported fuel makes the country vulnerable to energy supply disruptions and global price fluctuations.

Cusi said the current annual motor vehicle growth rate of about 6% will likely increase road transport emissions. This will result in the further deterioration of the country’s air-quality and an increase in carbon footprint.

On the issue of having a broader range of sustainable energy choices, Fuentebella assured summit participants, “We support the development of alternative technology and fuel options that demonstrate energy efficiency such as hybrid and electric vehicles in the transport sector.”