The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tata Motors arranged the International Conference on ‘Sustainable Fuel for IC Engines in Emerging Nations’. The two-day conference was one of its kind biennial conferences, which focused on identifying alternative sustainable fuels that can help in controlling Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
It is generally known that it is necessary to limit GHG equivalent levels to below 450 ppm to avoid global temperatures to rise above 20C. Higher levels will give rise to higher temperatures and potentially catastrophic consequences. To reverse this trend, it is anticipated that overall GHG levels will need to reduce by 80 per cent by 2050.
Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said: “This conference will be a major step in defining the future of sustainable fuels and providing a basis for policies and strategies to support environmental quality, security of supply and sustainability in the transport sector.”
Dr Tim Leverton, President and Head, Advanced and Product Engineering, Tata Motors, said: “We have come together to focus on a practical roadmap for which policies and actions are required for a sustainable future. Tata Motors and TERI have taken a step in this direction to facilitate all stakeholders of the opportunity that currently exists.”
The conference saw a range of personalities such as Prof Surya Prakash, Professor and George A and Judith A Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry, University of Southern California; Prof Arthur Ragauskas, Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA; Prof Pål Börjesson, Professor, Lund University, Sweden, among others, who discussed different aspects of alternative fuels and challenges in the current scenario.