Clean transportation a result of reduction of CO2 emissions

We seek implementation of standardised regulations nationwide. Clear rules would provide certainty and clarity for biz and facilitate smoother operations. Tax benefits, subsidies, and other perks can reduce the upfront costs associated with cleaner fuels, says Anand Mimani, CEO, GreenLine Mobility Solutions.

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What are the sustainable initiatives taken by your company?

Our commitment is evident in the adoption of 350 LNG-powered trucks offering advantage over traditional diesel ones.  LNG trucks achieve reductions of up to 30 per cent in CO2, 100 per cent in SOx, 59 per cent in NOx, 91 per cent in PM, and 70 per cent in carbon emissions compared to diesel counterparts.

Till date, we have done away with 3,826 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to planting 153,086 trees. By going 12.3-million-km on Indian roads, our LNG trucks have reduced Scope 3 emissions. This has contributed to clean air efforts and propelled us towards an environmentally sustainable transportation future.

Our efforts extend beyond simply reducing emissions. We are shaping the infrastructure for sustainable transportation. Through our subsidiary, Ultra Gas & Energy Ltd (UGEL), we are setting up LNG fuel hubs to overcome infra challenges and ensure a reliable fuel supply. We plan to integrate EVs into our fleet for certain short-haul routes, leveraging their environmental benefits to optimise our logistics network.

What are the plans for skill development and drivers’ training?

We have implemented an approach focusing on vehicle maintenance and drivers’ training. The drivers in our programme undergo rigorous training tailored to the operation and handling of LNG trucks.

This training covers a range of topics, including refuelling procedures, understanding LNG fuel gauges, and practicing safe driving techniques unique to LNG vehicles. Our programme also  includes emergency response training to equip drivers with the know-how to manage any potential leaks or malfunctions effectively. We emphasise vehicle health and safety by implementing regular maintenance practices. These steps are designed to minimise risks associated with LNG usage and ensure the reliability and safety of our fleet.

What are the challenges in the road freight sector?

While the National Policy on Biofuels and the SATAT initiatives emphasise the government’s commitment to cleaner fuels such as LNG, we acknowledge the presence of existing challenges. One  of the pressing challenges is the absence of tax benefits for purchasing LNG-powered Heavy Commercial Vehicles. Lack of rebates on LNG is a barrier to wider adoption and infrastructure limitations such as the inadequate LNG refuelling stations, hinder the seamless integration of LNG technology into the road freight
sector. Also, there is a need for continued investment in research and development to enhance the efficiency of LNG technology. Overcoming these challenges requires collaboration between the government, industry stakeholders for a conducive environment.

What do you expect from the govt to boost road freight sector?

Firstly, we advocate implementation of standardised rules nationwide. Clear norms and regulations would provide clarity for businesses, such as GreenLine, facilitating smoother operations and investment decisions. Secondly, we call for more government incentives to spur adoption of LNG-powered vehicles such as tax benefits, subsidies, and other financial incentives.