Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Labelling Reviewed

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Energy Working Group recently published the study: “Review and Evaluation of Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Labelling and Consumer Information Programs”.


The study is a comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of vehicle fuel efficiency labelling across a wide range of economies, and was commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.


Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Labelling (VFEL) is one of a suite of measures designed to improve the fuel efficiency of transport fleets that have been introduced by various economies throughout the world since 1978.


The principle behind VFEL is to raise consciousness in the general public about transport fuel efficiency, it being presumed that properly informed consumers will be more likely to purchase vehicles that are fuel efficient.


This, in theory, will mobilise market forces to improve the energy efficiency of the transport sector, realising economic and environmental benefits.


The report is based on desk-based research into the literature concerning VFEL and a survey of 18 economies (13 of which are members of APEC). The aim was to identify components of VFEL, and best practice within each component.


These findings were then used to evaluate existing VFEL programs in order to highlight areas in which individual programs met or fell short of best practice. It is suggested that these findings will provide a sound basis to inform the establishment of new programs or improve existing programs.


To read the study in full, click here.



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