'Go Electric' Campaign Launched By Centre To Promote Green Power, And To Reduce India's Fuel Import Dependency

'Go Electric' Campaign Launched By Centre To Promote Green Power, And To Reduce India's Fuel Import DependencyUnion Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurating the 'Go Electric' campaign.
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  • The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at a pan-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of electric vehicle manufacturers.

    It will also help in reducing the country's dependence on other countries for energy needs.

Promoting green power for low cost and reduced emissions, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has launched “Go Electric” campaign, spreading awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and EV charging infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.

Highlighting electric fuel as a major alternative for fossil fuels which have an import bill of Rs 8 lakh crore, Gadkari said, "When compared to conventional fuels, electric fuel has low cost, reduced emissions and is also indigenous."

He urged the Power Minister, RK Singh, who was present on the occasion, to encourage value addition to carbon dioxide which is released from thermal power plants.

Observing that electrification of public transport is not only economical but also eco-friendly, he also spoke about the opportunities and potential of electric cooking in India.

While speaking about diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector, the Transport Minister said that the Ministry of Power should promote generation of green power from agriculture waste and biomass, which can also benefit farmers across the country.

He also said the 'Go Electric Campaign' was an important initiative that would help in reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and would be an important step towards a cleaner and greener future.

The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at a pan-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of electric vehicle manufacturers.

The Power Minister expressed confidence that this campaign would go a long way in fulfilling the main objective of energy transition towards a low carbon economy, thereby saving our country and the planet from the adverse impact of climate change.

It will also help in reducing the country's dependence on other countries for energy needs.

Singh also emphasised the use of clean and safe electric cooking and urged citizens to adopt electric cooking, which is safe and can benefit consumers due to low heat wastage.

The launch event also witnessed the unveiling of “Go Electric” logo which depicts the evolution of the e-mobility ecosystem. Audio visual creatives specifically designed for enhancing consumer awareness were also screened during the launch.

An exhibition was organised by industry players displaying different electric vehicles including e-buses, e-cars, three-wheelers, and two-wheelers, apart from available charging options such as fast chargers and slow chargers.

The event was attended by delegates from State governments, PSUs, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other industry players from across sectors.

The daylong event observed panel discussions on “Scaling up of e-mobility Infrastructure in India and Role of different Stakeholders in e-mobility”. The panel discussions were attended by industry as well as policy experts as as well as panelists from NTPC, EESL, NITI Aayog, among others.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, has been mandated to undertake an awareness drive for promoting public charging, e-mobility and its ecosystem.

To implement the ‘Go Electric’ campaign at the national and state level, BEE will extend technical support to the State Designated Agencies (SDAs). As a central nodal agency, BEE will provide content and details to State Designated Agencies and other partners to ensure uniformity of information.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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