On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the E-100 pilot project in Pune on Sunday for the production and distribution of ethanol across the country. He announced that India is committed to targeting 20% ethanol-blended fuel by 2025, in a rush towards a robust biofuel policy.
PM addressed the nation via video conferencing in an event organized jointly by the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Environment, and Forest and Climate Change. He said that “economy and ecology” are closely related to each other.
Talking of the project, Modi said that since the country is fast moving towards clean energy, a great benefit will be seen from this project. On this World Environment Day, India has taken a major step in the ethanol sector by releasing a broad roadmap to start the production of ethanol across the country and launching three pilot ethanol 100 dispensing petrol stations in Pune.
Earlier, the aim to hit this target was by 2030, but looking at the long steps India has made in the last seven years, the timeline was reduced by five years. During the launch of the project, Union leaders Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Narendra Singh Tomar were also present.
The PM also released the ‘Report of the expert committee on the road map for ethanol blending in India 2020-25’. While talking about ethanol blending, he said that it will solve the problem of agricultural waste as well as plummeting sugar rates due to excess production. Till now, ethanol was being produced in sugar-growing states, but after the commencement of this project, it will be produced across the country with the setting up of food grain waste distilleries and agricultural waste ethanol plants.
The UNO declared the decade of 2021-2030 as the ‘UN decade on ecosystem restoration. The Prime Minister also spoke about how India has emerged as one of the leaders in the fight for climate justice and has secured a place in the top 5 countries in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. He also highlighted his government’s efforts towards sustainable development and stated that in the last seven years, there has been a 250 percent increase in renewable energy capacity.
Along with this, the capacity of solar energy has also increased by about 15 times in the last 6 years and the biggest solar and wind energy hybrid plant in the country is being developed in Kutch, Gujarat. Old coal plants are being shut and awareness of single-use plastic pollution has increased in the country. Talking of forest cover, it has also grown by 15,000 square kilometers, and alongside, the number of tigers in the country has also increased.
The Prime Minister appealed to the citizens to organize efforts to maintain the balance of water, land, and air in order to protect the climate and environment for our upcoming generations.