Jitendra Roychoudhury is a research fellow in the Utilities and Renewables program. His ongoing research portfolio at KAPSARC covers various issues related to global and regional economic, energy and geopolitical, policy developments, and the impact of such policies on global energy markets. Before joining KAPSARC, Jitendra was Director and Chief Consultant at HDR Salva, India. He has worked extensively as a commodity consultant within India’s energy and infrastructure sectors, advising on developing commodity market entry strategies. He has authored and contributed to numerous consulting studies related to coal and coal policy in India, Indonesia, and China. Jitendra has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pune, India, and a post-graduate diploma in business management from Welingkar’s Institute of Management, Mumbai.
India, like many other countries, is seeking to diversify its automotive fuel mix away from conventional petroleum fuels to alternate, cleaner fuels. The primary reasons for its diversification are energy security and public health due to harmful emissions from automotive fuels. At present, in India, diesel and gasoline are the most common automobile fuels. Increasing demand for these fuels could create serious concerns for the country’s national energy security and air quality. This paper analyzes the government of India’s past and present automotive fuel policy interventions, aimed at both mitigating harmful emissions and addressing the growing concerns of energy security and rising crude oil imports.6th November 2019