Staff blog: India

In short, it’s welcome news that Indian regulators have set their sights on catching up with best-practice emissions standards for non-road engines. Here’s hoping that in aiming for that goal in 2025 they don’t overlook a simple fix that will bring even more immediate help in solving the persistent air pollution problems facing the country.
The adoption of Bharat Stage VI emission standards will significantly reduce air pollutant emissions from vehicles sold in India beginning in 2020. However, changes in the final rule notification will cause 3 years additional delay of truly world-class emission standards compared with the initial proposal.
Revised text on the development of ICAO’s MBM for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation has been posted and would offset 60% to 80%+ of traffic growth, depending on who opt ins.
Progression to a robust electric vehicle market is happening, and the world is turning, but the question that remains is how fast? And the answer largely depends on if everyone – governments, automakers and consumers – all align.
If the European Comission persists in its indecision around GHG regulation for HDVs, they risk falling behind the US and other countries in HDV efficiency technology development and deployment. 
Another possible option beyond levying a punitive fee on diesel vehicles or banning their sale would be for diesel vehicle manufacturers to voluntarily agree to equip all new diesel vehicles sold in India with diesel particulate filters (DPFs).