Progress on reducing CO2 emissions in the car manufacturing industry is being undermined by the use of 'supercredits' and the manipulation of tests, according to a new report.

The 2013 Auto Fuel Policy Committee is charged with establishing a roadmap for vehicle emission and fuel quality standards in India through 2025.

Today there are growing concerns about carbon emissions and fuel consumption linked to tyre use in the transportation industry. It has become important enough for the European Union to introduce emission standards and labeling focused on tyres.

Car fuel economy: automobile industry perspective by I V Rao at CSE Workshop Series on Transport and Climate, July 24 - 25, 2013, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Global best practices in fuel efficiency policies by Anup Bandivadekar at CSE Workshop Series on Transport and Climate, July 24 - 25, 2013, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

India only major vehicle producing country in the world without fuel saving standards for cars. By 2030, India will be importing 94 per cent of its crude oil. But the country is making no serious efforts to prepare a fuel saving roadmap for all modes of transport, says CSE.

In January 2013, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) created an expert committee on “Auto Fuel Vision and Policy—2025”, charged with establishing a roadmap for fuel quality and vehicle emission standards through 2025.

In 2011-2012, the Government of India spent over USD$15 billion subsidizing fuel products such as diesel, kerosene and liquid petroleum gas. The government’s total subsidy expenditure increased by 27 per cent from the previous year, significantly contributing to the deterioration of India’s fiscal balance.

Governments have a key role to play in influencing private sector investment, by improving the enabling conditions for investment in sustainable transport infrastructure and delivering investment grade policies.

Turning the Right Corner: Ensuring Development through a Low-Carbon Transport Sector finds that adopting new vehicle technologies and alternative fuels will not be enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions from transport: new patterns of mobility will also be needed.

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