‘Shoonya’ Programme

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    • The NITI Aayog in collaboration with RMI and RMI India launched the ‘Shoonya’ programme.
      • RMI is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1982.

    ‘Shoonya’ Programme

    • About:
      • It is an initiative to promote zero-pollution delivery vehicles by working with consumers and the industry.
      • As part of the campaign, a corporate branding and certification programme is being launched to recognise and promote the industry’s efforts towards transitioning to EVs for final-mile deliveries.
    • Aim: 
      • To accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the urban deliveries segment and create consumer awareness about the benefits of zero-pollution delivery.
    • Online tracking platform: 
      • This will share the campaign’s impact through data such as vehicle kilometres electrified, carbon savings, criteria pollutant savings and other benefits from clean delivery vehicles.

    Benefits & Need

    • Decarbonising transport: Transport emits around 23% of the energy-related CO2 that feeds global warming.
    • Boost to the research:  In the field of alternatives technologies like lithium, e-metal etc. 
    • Reduce Oil imports: Reduce oil dependency while solving the challenge of energy scarcity.
    • Improving Infrastructure: Potential for energy savings in infrastructure.
    • Employment generation

    Government Initiatives

    • National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 
    • Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric vehicles in India (FAME India)
    • National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage
    • Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for e- vehicle
    • Lower GST on E-vehicle

    Challenges

    • Lack of Crucial Resources like Lithium reserves
    • Lack of infrastructural support
    • Lack of Skill & technological support
    • Time-consuming for the change

    Way Forward

    • Increase coordination with the government & other stakeholders
    • Invest in R&D

    Source: PIB