The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in association with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), organised a day-long conference titled, “International Material Data System (IMDS) and End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Regulations” in New Delhi.
The conference deliberated on sustainable management of materials, tracking of hazardous chemicals, heavy metals, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), etc. as well as to minimise their negative effects on the environment & human health. Various speakers at the conference dwelt on how the data provided on the above will facilitate the automotive sector, regulatory agencies, R&D institutions and ministries to engage in further discussions, negotiations and actions under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, for which MoEF & CC is a nodal agency.
Delivering his welcome address, Vishnu Mathur, Director General, SIAM, said there is a need to institutionalise automobile recycling in India and figure out methods to dispose of ELVs in an environmentally sound manner.
The purpose of this conference is to increase knowledge, create awareness, capacity building and gain insights about IMDS and its regulations, he added.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI, said an integrated approach is needed to be adopted towards cleaner air. She stated that fleet modernisation, private car electrification and banning of old vehicles can improve air quality.
There are 35 million vehicles plying on roads that have already exceeded the age of 15 years and a mechanism must be put in place to control the number of unused vehicles, she noted.
Urdhwareshe while urging manufacturers to start using materials that are reusable, asserted that the government should announce the ELV policy at the earliest and the ministry must notify AIS 129 standards immediately.
Dr Bhure Lal (IAS), Chairman, EPCA, said any talk about ELV Regulations must factor in the sustainability of ecology and environment. The need of the hour is a policy to discard old vehicles as it could pose difficulty in future for humans, he added.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA, said the automotive industry has been advocating vehicle scrappage since the past few years and the industry needs to be more conscious about the environmental issues. The auto industry will do all it can to shield the future generations, he noted.