Document GRPE-71-16
Position of IPIECA and CONCAWE on the draft market fuels annex to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles

Letter expressing opposition to amending the current text of Annex 4 on fuel quality.

Discussions and Outcomes
71st GRPE session (9-12 Jun 2015)

60. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/9 proposing amendments to the recommendations on market fuel quality in R.E.3. She presented
GRPE-71-04-Rev.1 clarifying that these recommendations would not impose any obligation to the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement.

61. On behalf of IPIECA and CONCAWE, the expert from CONCAWE presented GRPE-71-16 with some remarks on the proposed amendments to the recommendations on market fuel quality. She expressed the opinion that these draft amendments were unnecessary since current recommendations were already sufficient to provide information on those fuel properties that had been implicated in irreversible changes in some types of vehicle emission control technologies. She underlined that R.E.3 was not suitable for this purpose. She referred to other forums devoted to fuels issues, such as the United Nations Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicle, as a more appropriate forum. She volunteered to discuss bilaterally with the industry some specific issues of the draft amendments.

62. The Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/9 as amended by Annex VI of this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 for further consideration at its November 2015 session.

70th GRPE session (13-16 Jan 2015)

46. GRPE agreed to consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/9 at its June 2015 session.