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At times when national Capital is reeling under high level of pollutants in its air with its ill-effects explicitly evident on human health and environment, a seminar on "Greening the Indian Transport Sector" and electrical vehicles and green shipping was organised at Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Acting as a 'lighthouse' for the others at times when energy security is one of the biggest challenges that confronts the world, Norway emerged as a leader in the electric vehicle and green shipping with having largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world.
The panel discussion in the seminar which was moderated by Kushan Mitra, Managing Editor The Pioneer, mulled over the prospects of India's vast transport sector adopting green technology. The discussion, in which CEO's of some big players / global giants in the field of energy and transportation participated, aptly focused on the potential which Indian market holds for electric vehicles and the hurdles on its way.
While Kushan asserted that the Indian Government cannot incentivise the buying of electric vehicle beyond a limit due to several necessary constraints and essential requirements, Christina Bu, CEO of Norwegian EV Association stressed that most of the countries are not taxing the vehicular emission in a proper way. She said Governments must show political will in such things and impose starting from small penalties and increasing it gradually. She also stressed on the need of giving local incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.
Realising that for EV's making inroads into the India, vehicle manufacturers must cater to the vast and varied aspirations of Indian customers, the panel also discussed upon how to stand tall on the aspirations of Indian vehicle customers. Along with it, futuristic role of EV's in realizing last mile connectivity in India, role of EV's in environmental sustainability, pollution control etc. were also at the helm of discussion.
Welcome remark was made by Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, while guest speaker was Abhishek Chandra, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Shipping. Present in the panel discussion were TS Girish, DNV GL, Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric, Ole Henrik Hannisadhi , CEO Green Contact, Arunabha ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment & Water (CEEW) among others.
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