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Demand for fuel efficient cars up

business Updated: Sep 13, 2008 00:58 IST

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on Friday received petitions from 22,000 car users across Delhi and other metro cities, pressing for a mandatory standard for car manufacturers on fuel efficiency.

The petitioners claimed the standard would help Indian cars become less oil guzzling and more environment-friendly.

Director General of BEE, Dr Ajay Mathur, received these petitions from activists of environmental NGO Greenpeace, which orchestrated the campaign over the past few months.

Mathur said the government was already looking at labelling cars with tags of energy efficiency akin to labels used on electronic gadgets.

“We are working towards bringing fuel efficiency guidelines. It is good that car users have voiced their opinion in this issue,” he said.

A mandatory fuel economy standard will ensure energy security and act as a weapon against climate change, said Greenpeace Climate campaigner Brikesh Singh.

Responding to Greenpeace snap opinion poll conducted recently, 22,000 car owners and citizens from 14 cities have affirmed the need for a fuel efficiency law for the automobile industry, Singh said.

“The BEE has been working on this for nearly a year. However, no one has any idea whether the fuel economy legislation will be mandatory unlike

the labelling process, which is clearly mandatory,” he added.

As per India’s National Climate Action Plan unveiled by the prime minister this year, fuel efficiency standard for cars is one of the key ways of cutting down emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in Indian cities.