SIAM hosts lecture session on sustainable roadmap for fuels

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on November 13 organised a virtual lecture session on ‘Sustainable Roadmap for Fuels in Automotive Sector’ and other related issues.

The discussions veered around ‘imperatives of decarbonisation’ in the automotive sector with national and international perspectives, said a press release issued by the apex automotive industry body,

Segmented into two sessions, the lecture session witnessed industry stalwarts and experts discussing the policy, regulatory and legislative framework around sustainable and alternative fuels in the automotive sector.

In his welcome address, Mr Prashant K Banerjee, Executive Director, SIAM, underlined the importance of renewable fuels and stated current technological innovations for minimising emissions. He highlighted the following for sustainable roadmap for fuels: (i) usage of low carbon and renewable fuels, (ii) promotion of ethanol, gaseous fuels and electricity, and (iii) integrating Environmental Sustainable Goals to lead way towards decarbonisation.

The Guest of Honor, Mr. Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, said it was the decade of decarbonisation and the key challenge of decarbonising fuel mix needs the commitment from both the Government as well as the industry.

In his special address, Dr Anjan Ray, Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, said, “The discourses in the last few days have changed from simply implementing alternative and renewable fuels to ensuring that we are heading towards net zero commitments.”

In his presentation, Mr Neeraj Sinha, Advisor, NITI Aayog, said concerns are currently being raised about rising carbon emissions around the world and “we should have very ambitious policies to achieve our goals.”

Mr Harjeet Singh, Chairman, SIAM Two-Wheeler Group and Executive Advisor, Hero MotoCorp, explained the status of sustainable clean fuels in the country while underlining the challenges and opportunities.