In the 4th Environmentally Friendly Vehicles conference in Delhi, authorities and policy makers from all over the world mixed with research institue leaders and representatives from industry from all over the world.
Authorities urgently needs to agree on what is actually meant by environmentally friendly vehicles. Presently Industry is confused by different prioirties all over the world, such as ethanol, biodiesel, biogas, natural gas and hydrogen in different shapes. Sure some local variation is to be expected but some basic elemets should be possible to agree on in order to bring some harmonisation of the demand. Is a car running on electricity from a coal fired power plant more environmentally friendly than a modern diesel car?
Biofuels were discussed a lot and Indian minister of Environment, Jairam Ramesh, was clear on that biofuels that compete with food production will have a hard time to gain acceptance. In India “securing food for everyone is of paramount importance”. Personnally, I feel that this should be the natural standpoint for all countries. It was also reported that India decided for and made investments for natural gas infrastructure to be completed for more than 200 cities by 2015. The Indian gas trend was initiated by a court order in 1998 for city smog abatement. Now, gas is promoted also for securing the supply.
It was concluded in the proceedings that important elements of environmentally friendliness are: energy efficiency, emissions of green house gases such as carbon dioxide and emissions of hazardous components such as Nox and particulates. But, it was not said which is the relative importance; an information of large importance for the industry to make the right investments for the 20 years to come…