Indian Autogas industry asks for vehicular fuel policy that encourages cleaner options
Stating that petrol and diesel-dominated vehicular fuel policy has not only been environmentally damaging but also economically taxing on the common man, the Indian Auto LPG Coalition demanded a vehicular fuel policy that takes cognisance of and gives due importance and weightage to existing alternative fuel options such as Autogas.
The government is rigorously pushing for electric vehicles as the only solution to achieve Net Zero by 2070. However, electricity generation in India is still carbon-intensive. Setting up charging facilities and other infrastructure for EVs would require additional and substantive investment.
“A vehicular fuel policy, therefore, is very important from the point of view of urban air pollution. LPG emits a nearly negligible amount of particulate matter 2.5 as compared to petrol and diesel,” said Indian Auto LPG Coalition, Director General, Suyash Gupta.
“With the country facing irreversible climate change ramifications and air pollution being a significant component of that multifaceted challenge, we need to make a start somewhere. And tackling air pollution, particularly in our urban centres, must become an instant policy priority for the authorities,” Gupta said in a statement.
Even though the coalition praises the government for balancing the need of a growing economy such as India and the imperative of securing a carbon-free and cleaner environment, they ask a suitable policy environment for alternative fuels such as Autogas in the immediate future.
“It already has a readily-available and functional infrastructure across the country,” Gupta added. “All that the government needs to do is to reduce GST on LPG as well as on conversion kits backed with relaxation in Type Approval norms on the latter. This will immediately address both environmental and economic concerns of the common man.”
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27 April 2022