CSEIndia (Centre for Science and Environment), a New Delhi based non-profit public interest research and advocacy organisation, has issued a statement condemning JLR CEO Ralf Speth’s remark on diesel car emissions.
Mr. Speth was quoted as saying “All our models are Euro VI compliant and these vehicles clean the air, and the air they suck in is far dirtier than which comes out of it.” He reportedly made this statement while talking about the Delhi diesel ban. It’s to noted that Supreme Court has imposed a ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi with engine displacement higher than 2.0-litre and this affects JLR India very badly.
Reacting to this remark, CSEIndia stated:
This is a most irresponsible statement to make at a time when dieselisation in India is contributing towards rising particulate and nitrogen oxides and ozone pollution, and also to the risk of growing lung cancer incidence in cities….Do not confuse people with what you sell in India with what you sell in Europe or in united States – Indian standards are 10-15 years behind Europe.
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CSEIndia goes on to say that the car industry must not be allowed to promote dieselization when the emission standards in the country is lagging behind Europe by more than a decade. The organization also urges car makers to acknowledge the special health risks associated with diesel fuel and work towards offering cleaner cars irrespective of the market’s emission standard.
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Via – CSEIndia.org