10 August: World Bio-Fuel Day
The World Bio-Fuel Day was observed across the world on August 10, 2018 with an aim to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (green fuels).
The day highlights the importance of non-fossil fuels as alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlights the various efforts made by the Government in the bio-fuel sector.
Why is the World Bio-Fuel Day observed on August 10?
Celebrations of World Bio-Fuel Day in India
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.
• For the last three years, the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been observing the World Bio-fuel Day.
• This year too, the Ministry held the World Bio-fuel Day programme at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi which saw the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Chief Guest for the inaugural session.
• The programme saw participation from sugarcane and other farmers; scientists; entrepreneurs in bio-fuels; students of agriculture, science and engineering streams; Members of Parliament; Ambassadors; officers of Central and State Governments; and companies involved in bio-energy sector.
• There were separate interactive sessions on ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-CNG and 2nd Generation bio-fuels after the inaugural session.
• The bio-fuels programme is in synergy with the Government of India initiatives for Make in India, Swachh Bharat and enhancing farmers’ income.
Initiatives undertaken by India to increase blending of bio-fuels
Since 2014, the Indian Government has been undertaking a number of initiatives to increase blending of bio-fuels. Some of the major interventions include administrative price mechanism for ethanol, simplifying the procurement procedures of OMCs, and amending the provisions of Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951.
Moreover, the Government approved the National Policy on Biofuels-2018 in June 2018. The policy has the objective of reaching 20 percent ethanol-blending and 5 percent biodiesel-blending by the year 2030.
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