The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme (AMF TCP)under International Energy Agency (IEA) on 9th May 2018. AMF TCP works under the framework of International Energy Agency (IEA) to which India has “Association” status since 30th March 2017.
The primary goal of joining AMF TCP by India to bring down emissions and achieve higher fuel efficiency in the transport sector.
AMF TCP is an international platform under the framework of International Energy Agency (IEA) for co-operation among countries to promote cleaner and more energy efficient fuels & vehicle technologies.
The activities of AMF TCP are deployment and dissemination of Advanced Motor Fuels. It looks upon the transport fuel issues in a systemic way of taking into account the production, distribution and end-use related aspects.
AMF TCP also provides an opportunity for fuel analysis, identifying new/ alternate fuels for deployment in the transport sector and allied R&D activities for a reduction in emissions in fuel-intensive sectors.
India and Other Members:
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has joined AMF TCP as its 16th member in May, 2018. The other member Countries of AMF TCP are USA, China, Japan, Canada, Chile, Israel, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Thailand.
India’s association with AMF TCP will help in furthering its efforts in identification & deployment of suitable fuels for transport sector for higher efficiency and lesser emissions.
The benefits of participation in AMF TCP are shared costs and pooled technical resources.
The duplication of efforts is avoided and national Research and Development capabilities are strengthened.
There is an information exchange about best practices, a network of researchers and linking research with practical implementation.
After becoming a member, India will initiate R&D in other areas of its interest in advanced biofuels and other motor fuels in view of their crucial role in substituting fossil fuel imports.