Reducing emission from motor vehicles
Before submitting to the National Environment Commission of Bhutan (NEC) for implementation, to review and finalize the draft documents, the executive level national consultation meeting on ‘Reducing emission from motor vehicles in Bhutan’ was organized by National environment commission secretariat last Thursday in the capital.
The secretariat’s vehicle emission roadmap for cleaner air and strategy for low carbon vehicles seek to reduce greenhouse emission from motor vehicles through measures.
The press release from the NEC stated that the draft vehicle emission roadmap for cleaner air propose measure related to need for improved fuel standards; enhancing existing vehicle emission standard, improving vehicle emission standard enforcement and restricting future import of diesel powered cars and light vehicles of less than 3.5 tons.
“This roadmap for vehicle emission is developed to address increasing local air pollution problems contributed by rapidly growing vehicle numbers in Bhutan,” stated the press release.
The press release further stated that, the draft low carbon vehicle (LCV) strategy focuses on the commercial vehicle segment comprising of taxis, public transport buses and urban trucks, since this segment shows the most potential for deployment of low carbon vehicles and impact. The strategy proposes recommendations to promote zero and low emission vehicles such as taxis, buses and urban trucks through various policy, fiscal and tap into international climate finance.
This low carbon vehi- cle strategy will directly support action towards remaining carbon neutral as identified in the nationally determined contribution from Bhutan under the Paris Agreement. “Transport sector is identified as one of the major sector contributing to growing Green House Gas emission in Bhutan,” stated the press release.
The press release further stated that these documents have been prepared by NECS in close collaboration with Ministry of Information and Communication and Road Safety and Transport Authority over the period of last one year.
The process of developing these documents has included training of motor vehicle inspectors, technical training institute (TTI) instructors, traffic police and private emission testing centre; series of consultation with all stakeholders including government agencies, motor vehicle dealers and workshop owners.
Meanwhile, the vision of roadmap is to maintain a pristine environment with clean air and with minimum emissions from the transport sector. Transport shall reduce significantly its environmental footprint.
Measure taken shall be economically efficient, socially fair and nondiscriminatory following the polluter-pays-principle. And vehicle emission targets of roadmap on average annual emission of all air pollutants are by 2025 below WHO guideline levels.
While, the project was supported by the Asian development bank under the action on climate change in South Asia.