Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the program organized on World Environment Day through video conferences. The program was attended by Federal Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. During this, the Prime Minister described ethanol as a priority for the twenty-first century process. The theme of this year’s event is promoting biofuels for a better environment. Prior to his speech, the Prime Minister also spoke to farmers in different states of the country about ethanol.
During the event, the Prime Minister released the expert panel report on the roadmap for ethanol blending in India for the period 2020-2025. The Prime Minister also launched a pilot project for E100 distribution stations at three locations in Pune. The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Union Petroleum Transport Minister Dharmendra Pradhan addressing a virtual meeting on the occasion of World Environment Day. pic.twitter.com/aZglWwBaKX
– Ani (ANI) June 5, 2021
Prime Minister Modi said that discussion about ethanol 7-8 years ago was rare in India, but now ethanol has become a part of India’s priorities in the 21st century. It helps the environment as well as the farmers’ lives. He said we are determined to complete 20 percent of ethanol blending into gasoline by 2025. Until 2014, ethanol was blended at only 1-1.5 percent and today it is about 8.5 percent.
The Prime Minister said India is also aware of the challenges it is facing due to climate change and is also working actively. In 6-7 years, he said, our capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250 percent. India is today among the top 5 countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. In this too, solar capacity has been increased by about 15 times in the past six years.
To celebrate World Environment Day, the Government of India is issuing an E-20 Notice directing oil companies to sell 20 percent of blended fuel ethanol with effect from April 1, 2023. These efforts will provide a timetable for making blended fuels available across the country. It will also help increase ethanol consumption in ethanol-producing countries and neighboring regions before 2025.