Driving Towards Carbon Neutrality: Ladakh’s Zero Emission Vehicle Initiative

In a pioneering move within the Union Territory of Ladakh, the UT Transport Department, under the leadership of Secretary-cum-Transport Commissioner Amit Sharma, conducted a half-day workshop on March 19. The workshop aimed to engage all stakeholders in the transport sector to promote the adoption of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) for freight transport, with the goal of making Ladakh the first carbon-neutral state or UT in the nation.

During his address, Transport Secretary Amit Sharma highlighted the successful completion of trials for E-3 and E-4 wheelers conducted last August and September. These trials demonstrated the feasibility of operating E-3 and E-4 wheeled vehicles in Ladakh, promising significant cost reductions for owners and drivers.

Amit Sharma emphasized Ladakh’s commitment to carbon neutrality, noting that the initiatives undertaken last year were presented at COP-28, the United Nations’ premier environmental awareness event held in Dubai. He also announced an upcoming Memorandum of Understanding between NTPC and the Transport Department to introduce five hydrogen-cell fuel buses, a pioneering effort nationwide.

Furthermore, the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) delivered a comprehensive presentation on the trials, benefits, and requirements of ZEVs in Ladakh. This was followed by brainstorming sessions on establishing EV charging stations, involving defense institutions present in Ladakh.

Secretary Sharma also discussed the UT Administration’s role in encouraging Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and corporations, particularly financial institutions, to establish EV charging stations in Ladakh as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

Amit Sharma urged the organizers to plan an EV/ZEV Himalayan Two-Wheel and Four-Wheel Rally in Ladakh during the upcoming peak summer season, along with an Investors’ Meet to showcase Ladakh’s initiatives towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In conclusion, Sharma and his team commended the organizers for the workshop, noting that these initiatives represent significant strides towards sustainable and eco-friendly transportation solutions in Ladakh, setting a precedent for the entire nation.

The workshop was attended by ARTO Leh, members of the Transport Association, the driving community, and media representatives from the UT of Ladakh.

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