Since January 2008, all new motor vehicles introduced in the Philippines have been required to meet the Euro 2 emission limits. This means that the carbon monoxide emission level should be no more than 2.2 grams per kilometer for gasoline-powered vehicles and 1.0 gram per kilometer for diesel-fed ones. In Europe, however, that emission standard was in place from 1996 to 2000--which means Philippine emission standard is already delayed by more than a decade.
So when will the vehicles bound for the Philippine market be required to meet the Euro 3 emission limit? Never is the answer, apparently, as according to Sec. Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President, the Philippines will skip the Euro 3 emission standard entirely and instead leapfrog to Euro 4 standard by 2016.
The Euro 4 standard, which took effect in Europe in January 2005, the carbon monoxide emission level is only 1.0 gram per kilometer for gasoline-powered vehicles while diesel-fueled ones are limited to 0.50 grams per kilometer. At least by 2016, we'll only be behind Europe by 11 years as the Euro 6 standard and its still undetermined minimum emission levels will take effect there in September 2014.