REUTERS IMPACT India aims for alternative fuels and electric vehicles in the push for clean traffic

Cars are parked at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, India on August 11, 2019. Picture from August 11, 2019. REUTERS / Anushree Fadnavis / File Photo

  • India is meeting deadline for stricter fuel efficiency standards
  • India aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 33% to 35% by 2030
  • India mandates that gasoline cars be fitted with flexible fuel engines
  • Expect new incentives for climate funds from rich nations

NEW DELHI, Oct. 4 (Reuters) – India is developing guidelines to encourage the use of clean fuels, including electric vehicles (EVs), and tightening emissions standards to meet its CO2 reduction targets, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told Reuters Impact on Monday -Conference.

India is the third largest user of transportation vehicles in the world, but 70% of its energy needs for transportation are met by importing fossil fuels.

“The goal is to gradually switch to fuels that are imported, inexpensive, domestic and pollutant-free,” said Gadkari, adding that this includes biofuels, ethanol blends, as well as hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells.

The government will also stick firmly to its 2022 deadline for implementing stricter fuel efficiency standards, also known as Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE), Gadkari said, which could spur automakers to adopt cleaner fuels to meet the new target .

“The government is sticking to the CAFE regulation, according to which automakers are obliged to keep average CO2 emissions below 130 grams per kilometer until 2022 and below 120 grams per kilometer thereafter,” he said.

Many Indian automakers, including India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki (MRTI.NS), have sought delays in implementing stricter emissions regulations.

India is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 33 to 35% by 2030 as part of its Paris Agreement commitment, Gadkari said, and is looking for sustainable mobility and clean energy to achieve that goal.

Gadkari’s comments come ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, which is seen as a crucial opportunity to wrest ambitious commitments from governments to fight global warming.

However, he said India expects new climate fund incentives for developing countries from rich nations, and reiterated similar comments from India’s chief economic advisor last week. Continue reading

Wealthy nations are under increasing pressure to deliver on their failed 2009 pledge to allocate $ 100 billion annually to fund an adequate developing world response to rising global temperatures as the world prepares for COP26.

The South Asian nation intends for electric cars to account for 30% of total private car sales and electric motors and scooters to account for 40% of total sales by 2030, Gadkari said.

The government will also soon make gasoline cars compulsory to have flexible fuel engines so they can run on ethanol blends as well, Gadkari said, adding that India aims to achieve 20% ethanol blending with gasoline by 2025 – five years target earlier than before. Continue reading

Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) can run on any mixture of gasoline or ethanol.

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Reporting by Aftab Ahmed, Rajendra Jadhav and Aditi Shah; Editing by Toby Chopra and Aurora Ellis

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