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Minister calls for adoption of alternative fuels; highlights  benefits of bio-ethanol

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, has emphasised on the adoption of alternative fuels that will be import substitute, cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous, and discourage the use of petrol or diesel as fuel. Addressing the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) conference on ‘Alternative fuel - Road ahead’ this week, he said the biggest benefit of bio-ethanol as alternative fuel is that it is a clean fuel with very low greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Minister said that looking at ethanol production capacity and its adoptability as a fuel, the government has redesigned and launched the E-20 fuel programme which will ensure the use of bio-ethanol in 20% blend with petrol by 2025 in India. The government has also calculated that to achieve 20% ethanol blending, the country will require around 10 billion litres of ethanol by 2025. He said currently the sugar industry contributes to 90% of ethanol demand as a blended fuel in the country, as per a release.


Source: Exim News Service: New Delhi, Oct. 13