New Delhi: To deliberate on the auto industry’s goals for net carbon emissions, renewable energy and cleaner fuels, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the industry’s umbrella body automotive, hosted a virtual environment conference session on “Sustainable Roadmap for Automotive Fuels” and other related issues. Discussions revolved around “decarbonisation imperatives” in the automotive sector with national and international perspectives.
Segmented into two sessions, the conference session saw industry pillars and experts discuss the policy, regulatory and legislative framework regarding sustainable and alternative fuels in the automotive sector.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Prashant K Banerjee, Executive Director of SIAM, stressed the importance of renewable fuels and outlined current technological innovations to minimize emissions. The Transition to Cleaner, Renewable Energy is Transforming the World Recent CoP-26 climate change meetings in Glasgow and India’s five historic commitments set the context for today’s session. In his speech, he highlighted the following for a sustainable road map for fuels: (i) the use of low carbon and renewable fuels, (ii) the promotion of ethanol, gaseous fuels and electricity, and (iii) the integration of sustainable environmental objectives to pave the way for decarbonization.
Mr Banerjee said the roadmap that has been deliberated foresees the transition to renewable energies, alternative fuels that can help the country ultimately reach zero net carbon emissions targeted by 2070.
The guest of honor appreciated SIAM’s commitment to bring together all stakeholders on a single platform for such a rich knowledge exchange on the sustainable roadmap for fuels. Mr. Sunil Kumar, Co-Secretary, Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas, Government of India, said: “Our Hon’ble Prime Minister is leading the nation towards self-sufficiency through the exploration of the use of alternative energy, our ministry continually works to reduce fossil fuels, dependence on imports and encourage the use of locally available renewable energy resources in India’s energy mix. This is the decade of decarbonization, the key challenge of decarbonizing the energy mix requires commitment from both government and industry. As a result, we now plan to have 20% gasoline blended with ethanol from 2025 and increase the number of CNG stations to 10,000 through 2030. Further, he said the CNG / LNG was to be used as a priority fuel by each state.
In his special remarks, Dr Anjan Ray, Director of the Indian Institute of Petroleum, said: “The speeches of the last few days have gone from simply implementing alternative and renewable fuels to ensuring that we are moving towards. zero net commitments. Rotating crops on 40 million hectares of irrigated land can pave the way for us to produce 40% of our equivalent diesel pool of biofuels. The use of alternative fuels such as green diesel and biodiesel should be encouraged. In addition, hydrogen-based fuels can only function if their production is net of carbon. It should be in the interest of the automotive community to work closely with research organizations and think tanks to rethink our entire automotive ecosystem to ensure it is low carbon, durable, warranty compliant and passenger friendly.
Mr. Neeraj Sinha, Advisor, NITI Aayog, said in his presentation on “Decarbonizing the Road Transport Sector” that “concerns are currently being raised about the increase in carbon emissions in the world. The recent National Hydrogen Mission launched by our Honorable Prime Minister encourages us to look at the climate impact of alternative fuels. We should have very ambitious policies to achieve our goals. The recently launched E-Amrit portal at Cop26 is a one-stop solution for all the information you need on topics such as decarbonization.
In his thematic presentation, Mr. Som Kapoor, Partner and Director, E&Y, discussed “Competing Fuel Options for Automotive Mobility” by providing an overview of the changing world perspective towards alternative fuels and reduction carbon emissions.
Giving an overview of the roadmap for fuels in the automotive sector, Mr. R Ramaprabhu, President, SIAM (Fuel Subgroup), Head Fluids Technology (PTD) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, focused on the state of fuels clean sustainability in India, while highlighting the prospects, challenges and opportunities associated with ethanol technology.
Mr. Harjeet Singh, Chairman of SIAM Two Wheeler Group and Executive Advisor of Hero MotoCorp explained the state of clean and sustainable fuels in India, while highlighting the challenges and opportunities, he mentioned that methanol technology is on the market. point of providing low carbon options.
Discussing the field of alternative fuels, Mr. SSV Ramkumar, Director (R&D), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, elaborated on “Hydrogen as Automotive Fuel”. Hydrogen can be a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution for a country like India. Emphasis was placed on the opportunities and challenges of using hydrogen as a fuel.
Mr Pascal Mast, Director of New Technologies and Sustainable Services, TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH) and Dr Thomas Weiss, Director of Hydrogen Services (TÜV SÜD Auto Service GmbH) highlighted the global trends in advanced comparison and general “readiness control”, around aspects of safety and use related to hydrogen as a fuel.
Mr. PK Pandey, ex. The Vice President of Indraprastha Gas Ltd highlighted the role of gaseous fuels and their reach in India. He also spoke about the pollution reduction potential of LNG / CNG; and on sustainable mobility; while emphasizing the current state of development of these technologies in the country.
During the discussions, it was stressed that for private actors, multiple opportunities already exist in the country, in the fields of renewable technologies and sustainable mobility. These opportunities can set the roadmap for India’s cleaner future.
With these stimulating sessions on various policies, fuel regulations, infrastructure related to alternative fuels, renewable energy and climate resilient structures, including the continued use of available resources, the lecture series officially ended on a positive note, with a rich and insightful exchange of ideas, best practices and strategies.