New Delhi, June 4
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday participate in the World Environment Day event being jointly organised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, and launch a pilot project of E-100 dispensing stations at three locations in Pune.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘promotion of biofuels for better environment’.
During the event, Prime Minister Modi will release the “Report of the Expert Committee on Road Map for ethanol blending in India 2020-2025” and also interact with farmers to gain insight into their first-hand experience as enablers under the Ethanol Blended Petrol and Compressed Bio Gas Programmes, according to a PMO statement.
To commemorate the World Environment Day, the government is releasing E-20 notification directing oil companies to sell ethanol-blended petrol with the percentage of ethanol up to 20 per cent from April 1, 2023; and BIS specifications for higher ethanol blends E12 and E15.
The efforts will facilitate the setting up of additional ethanol distillation capacities and will provide timelines for making blended fuel available across the country and also help increase consumption of ethanol in the ethanol-producing states and the adjoining regions before 2025, the official statement said.