“There is a need for alternative fuels in the transport sector,” said the union minister. He said the price of green hydrogen should be reduced to $1 (83 rupees) per kg from the current 300 rupees per kg.
Mumbai Union Highways and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that 40 percent of the country’s total air pollution is due to the transport sector. He called on the industry to develop green fuel alternatives to reduce this problem. Addressing the Green Hydrogen Summit here, Gadkari said that 90 per cent of this contribution comes from the road transport sector. Citing the case of New Delhi facing an air pollution crisis, Gadkari said: “We (transport) are responsible for 40 per cent of air pollution in the country. As the Minister of Transport, I am actually responsible for this.”
“There is a need for alternative fuels in the transport sector,” said the union minister. He said the price of green hydrogen should be reduced to $1 (83 rupees) per kg from the current 300 rupees per kg. The minister said that the solution can be found beyond the electrolyser test route. He referred to research from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, which was able to use biomass up to Rs 150 per kg.
“Proven technology, economic viability, finished product marketability, and import substitution are important strategies we need to pursue,” Gadkari said. Emphasizing the importance of biofuels, Gadkari said: “We need to diversify into agriculture, where the focus is on the power and energy sectors.” Gadkari said that 135 projects on alternative fuels are underway in the country.
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