Through video conferencing prime minister Narendra Modi participated in programme organised on world environment day. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Petroleum Transport Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also present in the program.
During the programme, the PM described ethanol as the priority of the process of the 21st century. The theme of this year’s event is Promoting Biofuels for a Better Environment. The Prime Minister also spoke to the farmers of different states of the country on ethanol.
During the event PM Modi also released the report of expert committee on the Roadmap for Ethanol Blending in India during 2020-2025. 7-8 years ago, discussion on ethanol was rare in India, but now ethanol has become a part of India’s 21st century priorities. It is helping the environment as well as the lives of farmers. He said that we have resolved to complete 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025. Till 2014, on average only 1-1.5 percent ethanol was being blended and today it has reached around 8.5 percent said by PM
The PM Narendra Modi also said that India is also aware of the challenges that are being faced due to climate change and is also working actively. He said that in 6-7 years our capacity for renewable energy has increased by more than 250 percent. India is today in the top-5 countries of the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. In this also, the capacity of solar energy has been increased by about 15 times in the last 6 years.
To celebrate World Environment Day, the Government of India is issuing E-20 notification directing oil companies to sell 20 percent ethanol blended petrol with effect from April 1, 2023. These efforts will provide a timeline for making blended fuels available across the country. It will also help in increasing the consumption of ethanol in ethanol producing states and adjoining areas before the year 2025.