Green Road Freight Cluster to Help Reduce Gas Emissions in India: WEF

A transition to zero-emission trucks can result in cumulative carbon savings of 2.8 to 3.8 gigatonnes by 2050, which is equal to or greater than India’s total economy-wide annual greenhouse gas emissions today. The World Economic Forum on Wednesday announced the launch of India’s first zero-emission road freight cluster initiative, aimed at reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement came during a side event hosted by NITI Ayog as part of the ongoing G20 Energy Transition Working Group meeting in Panaji.

Jasmeet Khurana, Lead, Moving Emerging Markets, World Economic Forum, told PTI in Panaji that Adani Ports and SEZ, Apollo Tires Ltd, TCI Group (Transport Corporation of India Limited) and UltraTech Cement are the partners driving this cluster development through their own anchor early measures.

He said the World Economic Forum and its partners have pledged to deploy 550 electric trucks on the west coast of Gujarat and Maharashtra within the next 18 to 24 months.

Khurana said this initiative falls under NITI Aayog’s e-FAST Center and is supported by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways as the cluster aligns with its Harit Sagar green port policy.

He said the cluster initiative aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The World Economic Forum press release notes that the timing of the initiative is critical, especially as demand for road freight in India is set to become the second largest in the world over the coming decade.

A transition to zero-emission trucks can result in cumulative carbon savings of 2.8 to 3.8 gigatons by 2050, which is equal to or greater than India’s total economy-wide annual greenhouse gas emissions today.

“With the support of the Indian Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and as part of NITI Aayog’s e-FAST India programme, Moving India is bringing together government and the private sector to deploy over 550 zero-emission trucks on selected road corridors along the west coast states of Gujarat and Maharashtra,” the press release continued.

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