Implementing Euro 4

ENGR. JEAN ROSETE is the chief of the Air Quality Management Section under the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. EMB-AQMS is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of R.A 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999. Its primary goal is to come out with a comprehensive national program to achieve and maintain Air Quality that meets the National Air Quality Guidelines for Criteria Pollutants and their Emissions Standards while minimizing the possible associated negative impacts on the country’s economy.

There are three man-made sources of air pollution: mobile, stationary and area. Based on the 2012 Emission Inventory of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), the bulk of air pollution in the national and at the Metro Manila levels are from mobile sources like motorized vehicles. From January 2010 to December 2015, the Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) and Particulate Matter of 10 microns in diameter (PM10) decreased in Metro Manila.

To reduce the pollution from mobile sources, DENR-EMB undertook actions and efforts. The Online Permitting and Monitoring System for issuing Certificate of Conformity was launched in March 2015. The agency also continues to conduct garage emission testing of public utility vehicles (PUVs); conducts seminars/lectures on preventive maintenance, fuel efficiency and eco-safe driving; and coordinates with the National Capital Region (NCR) Local Government Units (LGUs) on the Anti-Smoke Belching (ASB) operations. The quality of fuel has also improved. Gasoline has been unleaded since 2000 and automotive diesel is already at par with Euro4 fuels standards since January 1, 2016. The agency has also expanded its air quality monitoring network through the installation of additional continuous ambient air quality monitoring stations (automatic,
real-time) nationwide.

Upcoming programs to be implemented by DENR-EMB include Non-Contact Anti Smoke Belching; issuance of new emission standards for mobile sources; and intensified free garage emission testing.

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