Preparation of Regulations for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance of Automobiles Using Internal Combustion
Policy measure

According to ECLAC (2010), the Social Directorate of Energy (DSE) and the Costa Rican Technical Standards Institute (INTECO) are carrying out a comprehensive study entitled Preparation of Regulations for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance of Automobiles Using Internal Combustion, to formulate three or more standards for efficient vehicles and cleaner technologies. This involves exploratory research and the collection of information on other countries’ specific energy efficiency and environmental performance standards and regulations for automotive vehicles below four tonnes. Additionally, information is gathered on standards set by international and regional regulatory institutions, on measurement methods, labelling and other means of providing information on energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Implementation

The study comprises five main stages (ECLAC, 2010):

  • The first stage focuses on information and research.

  • The second one focuses on the analysis of options identified, the main objectives being to develop a standardization framework and to investigate the applicability of standards in the Costa Rican context.

  • The third stage proposes Costa Rican standards and transforms the information gathered into a set of technical regulations.

  • The fourth stage establishes Costa Rican standards based on coordination with the National Standards Agency and focuses on logistical and technical issues and on formalizing the national standards.

  • The fifth and final stage develops a plan and recommendations to transform the standards into technical regulations.

Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes
No identified outcomes.
References

ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: Santiago.