Delhi, 4 November 2013 – In association with the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Clean Air Asia organized a round table discussion entitled Bus Fuel Efficiency: The Road Ahead during the Urban Mobility India 2013 event at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on 4 December 2013. The forum highlighted the fact that emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are disproportionately large relative to their population. Heavy duty vehicles account for the vast majority of fuel use in the on-road transport sector, and buses alone consume 25% of the fuel used by India's HDV fleet. Therefore, there is a special need to focus on the fuel efficiency for this transport sector. There are viable interventions to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, such as the redistribution of buses, switching to better tires and wheels, reduce idling time, driver's training, better data management and introduction of newer technologies. The first phase of JNURRM led to a huge influx of buses in cities, which boosted public bus transport. The second phase will be launched in 2014 and a further 10,000 buses are expected. Systemic changes such as PPP model and technical interventions such as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are included in the planning of this phase, but unfortunately there is no mention of fuel efficiency as a guiding principle. Clean Air Asia proposed to develop a fuel efficiency plan with minor interventions that leads to fuel saving and encourage further measures. Similarly, setting up fuel efficiency benchmarks and a long-term fuel efficiency and emission standards roadmap for HDVs should be mandated.
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