Shoonya Campaign

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To mark the one-year anniversary of Shoonya, India's zero-pollution e-mobility campaign, NITI Aayog hosted a day-long symposium.

Shoonya is a public awareness campaign that encourages the usage of electric vehicles (EVs) for delivery and ride-hailing in order to reduce air pollution. 130 business organisations have joined the campaign, including EV, delivery, and ride-hailing firms.

"The Shoonya campaign's success is proof that the green mobility revolution is at our doorsteps. Electric transportation will help create a shared and connected society in the future.

In conjunction with the occasion, the National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Energy Storage (Part III) report was released.

The research emphasises the importance of India's $2.5 billion Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) plan for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) energy storage in achieving the nation's goals for EV adoption and grid decarbonization by fulfilling the anticipated cumulative battery demand of 106–260 GWh by 2030.

About: Shoonya

Urban freight and mobility demand are significantly increasing as a result of rapid worldwide urbanisation and e-commerce sales.

Through 2030, these industries are anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 8% in India.

Internal combustion engines (ICE) would considerably increase local air pollution, carbon emissions, and have a negative impact on public health if this demand were to be satisfied.

EVs present a chance to handle these difficulties. EVs produce 60% less CO2 and have 75% lower running costs than ICE vehicles, but they do not emit PM or NOx emissions at the exhaust.

Shoonya raises consumer awareness of and demand for zero-pollution transportation and deliveries in Indian cities, which supports the countries   already established national and subnational EV legislation as well as corporate efforts.

Through the Shoonya campaign, corporate partners are expected to have completed close to 20 million electric deliveries and 15 million electric rides by April 2022, respectively.

This results in a reduction of over 13,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.

India would be well on its way to strengthening energy security, lowering public health expenses, improving air quality, and hitting its climate goals if all final-mile deliveries and rides were shoonya.

In India, the electrification of the ride-hailing and delivery industries might reduce pollution by 537,000 tonnes of NOx, 16,800 tonnes of PM, and close to 54 MT of CO2, while also saving over 5.7 lakh crore in annual costs.

Therefore, Shoonya can result in significant emission reductions in the transportation sector, helping India's Panchamrit, a five-point plan to cut carbon emissions and achieve its 2070 climate targets, which was unveiled at COP 26.

Posted by V.P.Nimbalkar on 15th Sep 2022