National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) is organizing an executive level national consultation meeting on “Reducing Emissions from Motor Vehicles in Bhutan” on 30th November, 2017 at the Le Meridien, Thimphu.
The executive level consultation will review and finalize the draft “Vehicle Emission Roadmap for Cleaner Air” and “Strategy for Low Carbon Vehicles” for its onward submission to the National Environment Commission.
The draft Vehicle Emission Roadmap for Cleaner air proposes policy measures related to need for improved fuel standards, enhancing existing vehicle emission standards, 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 problem contributed by rapidly growing vehicle numbers in Bhutan.
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 vehicle 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.
These two 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 (i) training of motor vehicle inspectors, Technical Training Institute (TTI) instructors, Traffic Police and private emission testing centre (ii) series of consultation with all stakeholders including government agencies, motor vehicle dealers and workshop owners.
The project was support by ADB as a TA support under the Action on Climate Change in South Asia.
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