The Government plans to bring in fuel-efficiency ratings for automobiles which will help in the sale of cars that consume less petrol or diesel.
While inaugurating Petroleum Conservation Fortnight - 2013, Veerappa Moily, Oil Minister said, “The Petroleum Conservation Research Association should draw a proposal for rating automobiles according to their fuel efficiency."
The government will soon work on the proposal which would be similar to star–ratings given by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to electrical appliances. BEE rates fans, air conditioners and refrigerators based on the amount of energy they consume which helps the customers to purchase the most energy-efficient appliances.
Moily asked PCRA to initiate energy audit for nationwide conservation and optimum utilization of oil and gas. He said, "We should submit energy audit report on various sectors to the people every year. There should be proper energy budgeting by everyone utilizing energy.”
Moily assured that oil ministry would try to reduce energy import dependency to 50 percent by 2020 which is 80 percent at present. He added, “It can be further reduced by 75% in 2025 and we can achieve self sufficiency by 2030. I can tell you, we can do it”.