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4th Environmentally Friendly Vehicles Conference inaugurated in Delhi Print E-mail
Written by Jeeva   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
New Delhi: Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh inaugurated the 4th Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EFV) Conference here today.  Being held for the first time in a developing country, previous editions of the biennial international conference were held in Tokyo (Japan), Birmingham (UK) and Dresden (Germany).

The Minister said that India is poised to become a hub of global compact cars and that sustainable mobility is one of the key challenges before the automobile industry.

This includes not only lessening the impact of vehicular emissions on the environment, but also attaining greater fuel efficiencies with the ultimate aim of shifting to alternate sources of “cleaner and renewable energy sources” for mobility, the minister stated.

Shri Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, assured full cooperation from Ministry of Environment and Forest in framing of regulations to ensure fuel efficiency and environment friendliness of vehicles is concerned. Dr. Satyanarayana Dash, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present at this conference attended by about 500 delegates.

The conference, organized under the overall framework of World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulation (UNECE WP.29), was hosted by six Ministries of the Government of India along with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Automotive Component Manufactures Association (ACMA), National Automotive Testing and Research & Development Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) and Petroleum Federation of India (Petrofed).

The six Ministries that hosted the conference were the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

The basic aim of the EFV Conference is the promotion of Environmentally Friendly Vehicles to ensure sustainable road transport.

It served as a platform to share experiences with regard to ongoing measures for promoting and introducing environmentally friendly vehicles, exchange of experiences in developing the legal and economic framework for the introduction of such vehicles and related technology options including future directions for both energy security and cleaner environment.

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