CSE LAMBASTS JAGUAR CHIEF OVER ‘DIRTY AIR’ REMARK
New Delhi : Advocacy group Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has strongly criticised the remark of Jaguar and Land Rover chief Ralph Ralf Speth in claiming that their cars act like air purifying machines.
In a statement issued to the press, the CSE said such irresponsible claims have been made when public health risk from diesel emissions has been taken up on a priority basis by the Supreme Court and the Government of India. While the Supreme Court has already initiated action on diesel trucks and luxury diesel cars in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Government of India is advancing enforcement of Euro VI emissions standards.
On the sidelines of Auto Expo 2016 in the NCR town of Greater Noida, Speth was recently quoted as saying: “All our models are Euro VI compliant and these vehicles clean the air, and the air they suck in is far dirtier than which comes out of it.” The Jaguar chief has also claimed they are producing Euro VI cars without explaining how these are working in India as Indian fuel which is high in sulphur would have destroyed the emissions control systems by now.
“This is a most irresponsible statement to make at a time when dieselisation in India is contributing towards rising particulate and nitrogen oxides and ozone pollution, and also to the risk of growing lung cancer incidence in cities. Also, globally diesel cars have come under scrutiny and action for aggravating the problem of nitrogen oxide pollution and high and variable emissions from diesel cars on road,” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury, CSE’s executive director.
The Tatas-owned JLR statement comes after Mercedes Benz had made similar claims about the emissions from their cars being clean and the Chief Justice TS Thakur had commented “Does your car emit oxygen?”
Raising the issue further, the advocacy group, which works for the cause of environment through research, asked the Jaguar chief to take back his words and support the government in bringing clean diesel technology quickly.