India is formulating policies to promote the use of clean fuels, including electric vehicles (EVs), and tightening emission norms to meet carbon reduction targets, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told Reuters Impact Conference on Monday.
India is the third largest user of transport automobiles in the world, but 70 percent of its transportation energy needs are met by fossil fuel imports.
“The aim is to gradually shift to fuels, which are import substitute, cost-effective, indigenous and pollution-free,” Mr Gadkari said, adding that this would include biofuels, ethanol blends as well as hybrid EVs and hydrogen fuel cells. Huh.
Gadkari said the government will also firmly stick to its 2022 deadline to implement stringent fuel efficiency norms, also known as Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE), which will help automakers meet the new target. may lead to the adoption of cleaner fuels.
“The government is determined to comply with the CAFE regulation, where vehicle manufacturers will have to keep their average CO2 emissions below 130 g per km by 2022 and below 120 g per km thereafter,” he added.
Several Indian automakers, including India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki, have demanded a delay in implementing the stricter emission norms.
Gadkari said that India is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 33 per cent-35 per cent by 2030 as part of its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement, and that it will seek sustainable mobility and clean energy to achieve its goal. looking towards.
Mr Gadkari’s remarks come ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, which has been seen as an important opportunity to scrap the ambitious substantial commitments of governments to address global warming.
However, he said India expects new incentives for developing economies to fund climate funds from rich countries, echoing similar comments by India’s chief economic adviser last week.
Wealthy nations are increasingly under pressure to fulfill an unfulfilled promise made in 2009 to send $100 billion a year to help finance an adequate response by developing countries to rising global temperatures as the world Prepares for COP26.
Gadkari said that the South Asian country intends to make electric cars 30% of total private car sales and electric motorcycles and scooters 40% of total sales by 2030.
The government will soon make it mandatory for gasoline cars to have flexible fuel engines so that they can also run on ethanol blends, the minister said, adding that India aims to achieve 20 per cent ethanol-blending with gasoline by 2025 – five years earlier. Its last goal.
Flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) can run on any mixture of gasoline or ethanol.