Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Ankur Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/04/2022.

The matter related to old vehicles like Ambassador cars playing on the roads in and around the vicinity of Kolkata and Howrah guzzling petrol/diesel fumes and adding to the worsening air quality.

The NGT directed the state government to file an affidavit within four weeks stating what plans it has framed for such Ambassador cars to bring them within the environmental regimen.

Order of the Supreme Court in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 22/03/2022.

Applications were filed for registration of vehicles used for public utility and essential services. Amicus Curiae stated that BS-VI diesel light and heavy-duty vehicles used for public utility and essential services may be permitted to be registered or in the alternative applicants can approach the Air Commission with a request for a registration.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 18th February 2022 has notified the Draft Environment (Protection) first Amendment Rules, 2022 which shall come into force with effect from 1st July 2023.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on November 15, 2021 has issued the Central Motor Vehicles (Twenty Sixth Amendment) Rules, 2021 to further amend the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.

The Union Power Ministry, in a bid to promote renewable energy, issued an amendment to the Draft Electricity (Rights of Consumer) Amendment Rules, 2021.

Diesel, natural gas, and electric heavy-duty vehicles can be designed and manufactured with the capability of complying with the ultra-low NOx limits envisioned in the next set of California and federal HDV regulations. But that is not to say that the outcomes for each are equivalent.

Since the 1980s, China has implemented a series of policies and regulations to address harmful diesel emissions, and this report is a comprehensive overview of the best practices emerging from the Clean Diesel Program.

The European Commission is currently developing the requirements for the upcoming Euro VII standards. This paper assesses the total manufacturing costs of the emissions control systems—including both engine and aftertreatment technologies—that will likely be required to meet these limits.

This is the second part of ICCT’s comprehensive survey of motor gasoline and automotive diesel fuel quality across India. The first part presented analysis of samples collected in December 2019 and January 2020, while the Bharat Stage (BS) IV standards were still in effect for much of the country.

CSE in its independent study, surveyed seven districts of Delhi-NCR to assess the sources of industrial air pollution and identify the hotspots. The study revealed that diesel generators have a significant contribution to the air pollution in the studied regions.