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Ethanol-blend gasoline soon to be introduced in India

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Guwahati: Ethanol-blend gasoline, containing up to 20% ethanol will be introduced in the country by 2025–26.

The Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels-2018.

The following are the major revisions to the National Policy on Biofuels that have been approved:

  1. to allow more feedstocks for the production of biofuels,
  2. to advance the ethanol blending target of 20% blending of ethanol in petrol to ESY 2025-26 from 2030,
  3. to promote the production of biofuels in the country, under the Make in India program, by units located in Special Economic Zones (SEZ)/ Export Oriented Units (EoUs),
  4. to add new members to the NBCC.
  5. to grant permission for the export of biofuels in specific cases, and
  6. to delete/amend certain phrases in the Policy in line with decisions taken during the meetings of the National Biofuel Coordination Committee.

According to official sources, this idea will also attract and nurture indigenous technology development, paving the door for the Make in India campaign and thereby creating more jobs.

They also stated that the current National Policy on Biofuels was enacted in 2018, however, because many more feedstocks are now permitted for biofuel production, this step would boost Atmanirbhar Bharat and provide momentum to Prime Minister Modi’s objective of India becoming “energy independent” by 2047.

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