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23. The Secretary of WP.29 introduced the list of Working Parties, Informal Working Groups and Chairs (WP.29-185-01), the calendar of meetings of the World Forum for 2022 (WP.29-185-02) and presented the revised Programme of Work (PoW) with a strategic introduction on the main priorities of the WP.29 work, which are related to the implementation of the ITC strategy 2030 and among others, to vehicle automation and environmental protection. (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2021/1/Rev.2).
24. The representatives of the United States of America and Japan expressed concern with the dates and timing of the November 2022 session of the World Forum and requested that these dates be re-adjusted to enable their full participation at that session. The representative of Japan also expressed concern with the time of WP.29 and GRs sessions in 2022 and requested that timing is decided taking into account world-wide time zones so that most participants attending remotely can attend at suitable hours without extra burden. The Chair of GRVA expressed concerns about the non-confirmed session of GRVA in May 2022. He recalled the importance for GRVA to hold a third session in the year prior to the June 2022 session of WP.29.
25. The secretariat introduced informal document WP.29-185-06, which will form the basis for the 2022 Programme of Work of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations and its Subsidiary Bodies. WP.29 noted that the updated list of priorities for GRSP would be provided following the December 2021 session. WP.29 was informed on a scheduled ad-hoc session of AC.2 for final review before the adoption at the March 2022 session of WP.29.
26. The representative of the European Commission introduced informal document WP.29-185-17, proposing a list of priorities from the European Union covering safety and automated/connected vehicles as well as emissions.
27. WP.29 endorsed the revised programme of work as introduced in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2021/1/Rev.2.
55. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands) reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its eighty-fourth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/84).
56. He highlighted that GRPE had endorsed a proposal for a new UN GTR on in-vehicle battery durability, together with its technical report and proposals for new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 154 (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP)).
57. WP.29 noted that GRPE had agreed to update terms of references and rules of procedure for the IWGs on EVE, and designated a new interim leadership team for the IWG on EPPR until June 2022.
58. WP.29 noted that GRPE had re-elected Mr. André Rijnders (Netherlands) as a Chair, and Mr. Duncan Kay (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as a Vice-Chair for the year 2022.
59. WP.29 approved the extension of the mandate for the IWG on EVE until January 2024 and supported the designation by GRPE of an interim leadership team for the IWG on EPPR until June 2022.
164. The representative of the United States of America highlighted the recent achievements of the IWG on Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE) that submitted a proposal for a new UN GTR on in-vehicle battery durability at the eighty-fourth session of GRPE. He added this UN GTR is the first legal instrument covering this topic, worldwide. He said the proposal had been adopted by GPRE at its eighty-fourth session in November 2021 and was expected to be submitted for consideration and vote at the March 2022 session of AC.3.
165. He summarized the minimum performance requirements and prescriptions that had been developed for this UN GTR and concluded by highlighting that the IWG on EVE was expected to establish similar requirements for heavy-duty vehicles, with activities on this field expecting to start early in 2022.