NITI Aayog and Netherlands release report on ‘LNG as a Transportation Fuel in Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle’
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NITI Aayog and Netherlands release report on ‘LNG as a Transportation Fuel in Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle’

The report explores different challenges and barriers for LNG adoption in India and recommends a roadmap of actionable solutions

  • By ICN Bureau | February 08, 2024

NITI Aayog and the Embassy of Netherlands released a report titled ‘LNG as a Transportation Fuel in Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicle’ at India Energy Week 2024.

NITI Aayog and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have been actively collaborating in the field of energy transition under the Statement of Intent (SoI) partnership since 2020. The report was released as the first outcome of the cooperation.

The report was jointly launched by Suman Bery, Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog, Government of India and Frederik Wisselink, Energy Envoy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the presence of Praveen Mal Khanooja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Marisa Gerards, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India, Nepal, and Bhutan; Mansi Tripathy, Chairman, Shell Group of companies, India & VP, Lubricants, Asia Pacific; and Kamal Kishore Chatiwal, Managing Director, Indraprastha Gas Limited.

Speaking on the occasion, Suman Bery said, “This report jointly prepared by NITI Aayog and the Embassy of Netherlands, focuses on leveraging LNG as a fuel source and customizing its use in the medium and commercial vehicle segment. It examines the coordination issues faced by the various stakeholders and highlights the lessons that can be learnt from other countries in addressing these challenges.”

Frederik Wisselink, the Netherlands Energy Envoy, said, "The Netherlands, just as India, is making significant strides in clean energy, with a primary focus on carbon reduction through an energy transition. To achieve the international climate goal set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, there is great potential for the Netherlands' expertise in the energy sector to work with India’s public and private sectors. The Netherlands is at the forefront of European initiatives to kickstart a green hydrogen revolution and replace fossil fuels. As Europe's second-largest hydrogen producer, with the ambition to produce it in a clean way, and with the upcoming hydrogen network called the ‘backbone’ offering entry point for large future green hydrogen volumes, the Netherlands is keen to unlock green hydrogen solutions together with its international partners.”

Praveen Mal Khanooja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said, “The report highlights strategies which will help in achieving 15% gas share in primary energy supply and also the goal of net zero by 2070. The ministry is taking a multi-pronged approach towards LNG as a fuel and would be keen on working with stakeholders with respect to it.”

Marisa Gerards, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India, expressed her delight at the launch of the report resulting from the partnership with NITI Aayog.

She emphasized on the role of the private sector which not only in India but also in the Netherlands is crucial in driving innovation and progress towards a greener future for all, like Shell India, which is bolstering such collaborative knowledge initiatives. Further, this joint report highlights both nations’ commitment to transform their energy sector for sustainable development and a way forward to becoming climate-resilient economies.

The report explores different challenges and barriers for LNG adoption in India and recommends a roadmap of actionable solutions. The report further highlights the need for the development of a transparent implementation framework for these recommendations, driven by near-term goals of demand creation and market seeding.

Going forward, NITI Aayog and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands plan to work together to further intensify their collaborations on sustainability, with a focus on the circular economy in addition to energy transition.


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