FUEL SAVING SHOWS ASIANS AHEAD OF EUROPEANS
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Good Day from the suburbs south of
Another gladdening news for us global citizens just came out recently from the heraldry mills: that of Asians leading the way to fuel-saving behavior. For those advocates of mitigating ‘greenhouse effect’ gas emissions through direct motorist interventions, the news surely comes as a refreshing one.
In a report summarized in the Philippine Daily Inquirer (by Amy R. Remo, 22 August 2012), the Shell corporation accordingly conducted a research which shows the greater inclination of Asians for fuel saving then the Europeans. 3,300 drivers across Asia and
Europe served as respondents,
and was released by the Shell FuelSave Report.
The motivation for fuel-saving, as validated by the research, were (a) the prospect of saving money and (b) being environmentally responsible. One can see, from the report, how economics has been merging with ecological balance concerns for the entire Asian continent, a reality that wasn’t there two (2) decades back.
The increased awareness of Asian motorists towards fuel utilization efficiency clearly deconstructs those contorted notions that developing countries are too low in environmental awareness. It’s plain stereotyping, this protestation from Western/Northern countries that Asians can’t commit to cutting down fossil fuel emissions as their development path still lingers on in the phase of ‘smokestack economy’ of yesteryears.
Fact is, the research findings coincides with the recent manifestation of exemplary behavior by Asian countries in re-engineering their policy environments to shift their power production and fuel consumption towards more clean energy in the foreseeable future. It is the Northern/Western countries that have been remiss in this regard, as one can see, with the
leading the way to stubborn non-commitment
to international protocols on cutting down fossil fuel emissions. USA
The report accordingly conducted online interviews beginning March 21 this year in the following countries:
UK, Denmark, Norway,
Netherlands, Germany, Turkey,
My own country, the
has been among the most applauded internationally as it had reshaped its policy
environment to develop and mass produce green energy fuel sources. Hybrid
engines are now available in the country that utilize a combination of
alternative and fossil fuel sources, while solar-powered vehicular prototypes
are being designed across the country (even university students are vying for
exemplary prototypes that can be mass produced locally and abroad). Philippines
The resort to fuel saving is a transitory phase towards a shift to total clean energy sources (solar, fuel cells, to the more ambitious gravitic and plasma technologies) that will be the viable option in the near future. My own forecast is that it won’t take till 2025 when the total shift can be accomplished across
Asia, with the emerging markets of today leading the way
towards that ambitious goal.
September 2012] Philippines
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