Set emission targets, let the industry choose the technology to achieve it: Maruti Suzuki

New Delhi, September 5 () The country's largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki India, suggested on Thursday the government set targets for emissions and energy efficiency, and let the industry adopt the right technology to meet those milestones .

The company, which has about 50 percent stake in the domestic passenger vehicle segment, also sought a single nodal ministry to regulate the sector instead of multiple ministries.

Is it possible for the government to set an objective on its emission or energy efficiency objective and allow the industry the freedom to choose technology to achieve that goal, said the Executive Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, Kenichi Ayukawa, here at the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

In addition, he said that once the final regulatory objective is met, what design or technology should be left open to the customer to choose.

By leaving the choice to the customer, it will help engineers design the most optimal solution without any commitment to achieve the ultimate goal, Ayukawa said.

Such a step, he said, will help us, as manufacturers, to be clear about what investment we can undertake. Then we can have investment and GDP growth and employment and social and environmental objectives.

Commenting on the need for a single nodal ministry to regulate the sector instead of many ministries and departments, Ayukawa said: Let me explain my point with an example. The emission of carbon monoxide in a car is regulated by a ministry, but the emission of carbon dioxide is regulated by another ministry.

And the fuel that enters the car is regulated by a third ministry, he said, adding that there are many courts and judicial bodies.

In the future, with more technologies and regulation, the complexity will become multiple, he warned.

He recalled the concept of a National Automotive Board or NAB with experts specialized in automotive to provide knowledge and consultation to interested parties for all the formulation of policies related to automobiles that was presented a few years ago. Is it possible to have a common core platform for all ministries? He asked, adding that it can be a forum to discuss a 360-degree approach to developing policies on the automotive sector. MSS RKL BAL

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