Cabinet approves amendment to national policy on biofuels

The approved changes include allowing more feedstocks for the production of biofuels and bringing forward the 20% ethanol blending target with gasoline by five years to 2025-26 from 2030.

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Nation First News: The government on Wednesday approved amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels, advancing the target of 20% ethanol-petrol blending by five years to 2025.

The approved changes include allowing more feedstocks for the production of biofuels and bringing forward the 20% ethanol blending target with gasoline by five years to 2025-26 from 2030.

The decision would boost the production of biofuels in the country under the Make in India program through units in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export Oriented Units (EoUs). According to a government statement, new members would now be admitted to the National Biofuels Coordination Committee.

The National Policy on Biofuels, 2018, was notified by the Department of Petroleum on June 4, 2018 and supersedes the National Policy on Biofuels promulgated by the Department of New and Renewable Energy in 2009.

The statement said changes will be made based on advances in the biofuels field, various decisions made at National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC) meetings to increase biofuel production, and the recommendation of the Standing Committee and the decision that Driving the introduction of ethanol-blended gasoline has been undertaken with up to 20% ethanol nationwide from April 1, 2023.

The amendments are expected to reduce import of petroleum products by generation of more biofuels. Since many more feedstocks are being allowed for production of biofuels, it would help India achieve its aim of ‘energy independence’ by 2047, the statement said.

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