Sunday, November 22, 2009

India will host the 4th Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EFV) Conference in New Delhi from November 23-24th this year. This is for the first time that such a prestigious and international event on automobile sector is being organized in a developing country.

The EFV conference aims at promotion of environmental friendly vehicles to ensure sustainable road transport. Reduction of greenhouse gases, improvement of air quality, reduction in traffic noise, protection of resources and prevention of the release of harmful substances are the main objectives of the Conference. It will also pave the way in achieving the ambitious targets on human health at a cost effective and sustainable manner. The Conference offers a platform for senior government officials, industry leaders, academicians and key decision makers, to discuss environment friendly mode of public transport and development.

As a part of WP-29 initiative, Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EFV) Conferences are being organized biennially. The first such Conference was held in Tokyo, Japan in 2003, second in Birmingham, UK in 2005 and the third conference in Dresden, Germany in 2007.

The 2009 Delhi Conference will deal with issues such as –

• Mobility and Environment - Role of EFVs
• Future of EFVs & electric vehicles,
• Gaseous Fuels Technology, Alternative fuels and Drives – Technology of Future
• Regulatory and Legislative Framework for EFVs.

The Conference is being jointly hosted by Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and other stakeholders viz. Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as well as Industry association i.e. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Auto Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

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