With all the initiatives taken by the Central government, the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme is on track to achieve the target of 20 per cent blending by 2025-26, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas said here on Sunday.
The Government, with the aim to enhance India’s energy security, reduce import dependency on fuel, save foreign exchange, address environmental issues and give a boost to domestic agriculture sector, has been promoting the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme.
“The ‘National Policy on Biofuels’ notified by the Government in 2018 envisaged an indicative target of 20% ethanol blending in petrol by year 2030. However, considering the encouraging performance, due to various interventions made by the Government since 2014, the target of 20% ethanol blending was advanced from 2030 to 2025-26,” the ministry said.
A ”Roadmap for Ethanol Blending in India 2020-25” was also released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, 2021 which lays out a detailed pathway for achieving 20 per cent ethanol blending. This roadmap also mentioned an intermediate milestone of 10 per cent blending to be achieved by November.
“However, due to the coordinated efforts of the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) the target of 10 per cent blending under the programme has been achieved much ahead of the targeted timelines of November wherein the Public Sector OMCs have attained an average 10 per cent ethanol blending in petrol across the country,” the Ministry said.
This achievement in the course of the last 8 years has not only augmented India’s energy security but also translated into a forex impact of over Rs 41,500 crore, reduced GHG emissions of 27 lakh MT and also led to the expeditious payment of over Rs 40,600 crore to farmers.