BS VI norms advanced by two years to April 2018 in Delhi

India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi

India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi

"Availability of BS-VI fuel in Delhi from April 2018 also gives an opportunity to the vehicle manufacturers in this region to test and validate the BS-VI vehicles being developed by the auto industry so as to be fully ready for the April 2020 deadline", Mr. Firodia added. "Every manufacturer is bending its back to meet the (April 1) 2020 deadline", said an official from a Delhi-based manufacturer.

Jnaneswar Sen, Sr VP, Marketing and Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd responded to the move by the Ministry Of Petroleum And Natural Gas today saying, "We welcome the decision of Petroleum ministry to supply BS - VI fuel in Delhi from April 2018".

The country now runs on BS-IV grade fuels and was to switch over to BS-VI grade from April 1, 2020, leapfrogging over BS-V, which is only marginally inferior to the former. Honda is now pursuing development and testing of BS-VI engines with related parties including Honda R&D Japan and our component suppliers, both local and overseas.

Carmakers said there has to be a holistic approach to combat pollution in the national Capital and focus must also be on phasing out old vehicles.

Automakers were so far required to be ready with the BS-VI compliant vehicles by 1 April 2020. Besides, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) opened new testing facility in July this year. Bharat Stage IV emission norms were enforced in the entire country in April 2017.

Delhi's gas stations will only sell the world's cleanest petrol and diesel from April 1, the government said on Wednesday, advancing the rollout of Bharat Stage (BS)-VI fuels by two years to fight rising pollution in the capital city.BS-III and BS-IV cars and two-wheelers can run on BS-VI fuels. Fuel quality plays a very important role in meeting the stringent emission regulation. It was 100 ppm (parts per million) under BS-III, halved to 50 ppm under BS-IV and with BS-VI it will be 10 ppm.A 2016 report by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, showed that a big contributor to Delhi's air pollution is road dust, which accounts for about 35% of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles at 25% , As Reported By Hindustan Times. In 2015 India had pledged to cut the intensity of its carbon emissions by 33-35 per cent and boost the renewable energy capacity to 40 per cent by 2030 in the target submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on Climate Change for a global climate pact.

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