A webinar conducted on the occasion of World Biofuel Day was organised yesterday by Ministry Of Petroleum And Natural Gas accompanying the theme “Biofuels towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
It is celebrated every year on 10 August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuel as a correspondence to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the government in the Biofuel sector.
This day has been commemorated by the Ministry Of Biofuel and Natural gas to celebrate, since 2015 on 10 August every year.
Biofuel is also synergy with the government of India’s initiative for Atmanirbhar Bharat, and so for this, the theme has been chosen accordingly.
Considering Corona /COVID 19 pandemic, the function conducted through webinar this year.
The day honours the experimental investigation digs by Sir Rudolf Diesel, who ran an engine with peanut oil in the year 1893. His research experiments verified that vegetable oil is going to replace fossil fuels in the next century to fule various other mechanical engines.
Highlights of the event
Secretary of Petroleum and Natural gas Shri Tarun Kapoor stated that, India being a vast country with an agricultural economy, there are a large number of agricultural residues available, therefore the scope of producing biofuels is immense in the country.
He stated there are three significant areas of it which include Ethanol, Biodiesel and Biogas and said that, if we can successfully exploit over these, then we can reduce our dependence on import of crude to a considerable extent.
For this, we require significant appropriate technologies involving skilled and professional human resources and financial institutions to provide funding.
The secretary sought for the support of state government to the sector because the agricultural residues and other wastes may come from municipal wastes.
It has also been sensitizing that the cooperatives should adequately conduct the management of the wastes, farmers as well as the public which would ensure a cleaner environment, and also be used to convert into useful forms.
Biofuels have multiple advantages such as reduction on import dependence, ensuring a cleaner environment and additional income for farmers and employment generation.
Written By- Mousami Jena
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