India uses Transport Day at COP26 to make case for electric vehicles

India uses Transport Day at COP26 to make case for electric vehicles
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India has highlighted the need to focus on the emissions related to two and three wheelers alongside other vehicles as part of a zero emissions target at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Under the Emerging Markets and Developing Economies section of the ‘COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100 per cent zero emission cars and vans’ released this week, India flagged the importance of focussing on all kinds of vehicles on the road to cleaner transport for the future. NITI [National Institution for Transforming India] Aayog, on behalf of the government of India, extended its support to the non-binding COP26 declaration, focused on a global-level acceleration of transition to zero-emission vehicles.

“Two-wheelers and three-wheelers constitute more than 70 per cent of global sales and more than 80 per cent in India. All governments should also support the transition of these light vehicles to zero emission vehicles,” notes India’s inputs on the declaration.

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Signatories of the pledge called on all developed countries to strengthen international collaboration and support so that a global, equitable and just transition could be realised.

India also marked Transport Day at the UN climate summit on November 10 with the launch of the E-Amrit portal on electric vehicles (EVs), a one-stop destination on all electric vehicles-related information.

Several stakeholders — automotive manufacturers, governments, businesses, fleet owners, etc — made the declaration to actively work towards the proliferation and adoption of zero emission vehicles.

India stressed that a concerted global effort is required to set up a robust supply chain, evolve new financial instruments for affordable transition to EVs. The EV movement also requires an ecosystem to aid this disruption and create new employment opportunities and indigenous and innovative supply chains.

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With the COP26 summit now in its final week, the British Indian President of the summit – Alok Sharma – issued another last-ditch call to do all he can to reach an agreement for the future.

“I will continue to champion finance, as I have done throughout my time in this role, and I have asked developed countries to be flexible in their positions,” he declared.

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