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Improve fuel efficiency standards, demand Indian NGOs

Mar 07, 2012

Denouncing the recent 1.28% of fuel efficiency norms set by the Indian auto industries, green NGOs are stipulating the government to speed up this rate for achieving a low carbon future.

New Delhi: Yet another NGO battle has washed up on the Prime Minister’s desk. And we are not talking Kudankulam here.

Green NGOs are pushing the government to speed up the rate at which the auto industry improves fuel efficiency, but the industry is dragging its feet. The industry is also ambivalent about showing comparative star ratings for cars – where a buyer would be able to check, how, say, a Maruti Alto compares with a Santro.

The battleground is the draft fuel efficiency standard for cars. NGOs such as the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) have criticised the draft saying the industry needs to improve further and faster than the 1.28 per cent annual improvement in fuel efficiency suggested in the draft. (The draft, though, is not in the public domain.)

NGOs do not buy the industry’s claims that poor fuel quality, poor roads and differential pricing for petrol make it tough for the industry to dramatically improve fuel efficiency parameters.

Under the proposed fuel efficiency norms, each car-maker has to certify each vehicle on how many kilometres it will run with one litre of fuel and these figures are certified by the ARAI (Automobile Research Association of India).

Also, the vehicle maker has to give comparative fuel efficiency data for all other cars in the same weight category. The norms make it mandatory for car makers to improve fuel efficiency by 1.28 per cent every year progressively till 2015.

But the NGOs are saying this is not enough. They point out that 1.28 percent is too low when the industry has already achieved 2.8 per cent improvement between 2006-07 and 2009-10 without any standards.

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Source : FirstPost
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