Gadkari: Alternative fuels like green hydrogen should be available at cost-effective rates

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that finding and using cost-effective fuels, that are also economically viable, is imperative for reducing pollution caused by vehicles
Gadkari urges to make alternative fuels like green hydrogen available to people at cost-effective
Gadkari urges to make alternative fuels like green hydrogen available to people at cost-effective

New Delhi: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that finding and using cost-effective fuels that are also economically viable, is imperative to reduce pollution caused by vehicles. The Minister inaugurated 'Green Hydrogen Conclave' in Mumbai on Thursday.

The Union Minister pointed out that alternative fuels like bio-CNG and green hydrogen not only help in reducing pollution, but also save a lot in fuel cost. India's potential for green hydrogen is 5 million metric tonnes per year, he informed. He said that it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to make these fuels available to the people at cost-effective rates and create awareness among common citizens about the necessity of using these fuels. He said that green hydrogen will not be useful if its cost is high and urged stakeholders to focus on keeping the rates low. In this connection, he said that the Government has taken the initiative to create wealth out of waste that is generated in our lives.

Gadkari stated that the country is facing two big challenges now, one of which is related to the import of fossil fuels amounting to lakhs of crores of rupees which, therefore, poses a big economic challenge to the country. The other challenge is related to curbing pollution. We are facing a very serious problem of air pollution, particularly in the metro cities, he added. These are matters of concern, he reiterated. He also said that not only in India, everywhere in the world people are speaking about decarbonisation, which is important as far as climate change is concerned.

The Union Minister said that the vision of a self-reliant India and a five trillion-dollar economy will be realised as soon as possible if there is more and more production of cost-effective, pollution-free, and environment-friendly indigenous products that provide alternatives to imports and lessen all sorts of pollution in the country. "Our dream is to make India an exporter of energy", he said.

The minister also said that while we are working very fast on thermal power, hydro power and wind power, we also have to look at nuclear power, which is a zero-emission clean energy source. Agriculture and energy sectors are the need of the hour, he added. The Union Minister also urged that by linking agriculture with proven technology and power sector, many jobs can be created.

The dignitaries present on the occasion included Ravindra Boratkar, President, Maharashtra Economic Development Council; Erik Solhiem, Green politician; Arne Jan Flolo, Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai; Achim Fabig, Consul General, Germany; Dr. Yasukata Fukahari, Consul General, Japan; Manish Panchal, Event Chair, GH2 Conclave; and Shardul Kulkarni, Knowledge Chair, GH2 Conclave. Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy supported the event.

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