On the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the report of the Expert Committee on Roadmap for Ethanol Blending in India by 2025.
According to the report, 20% ethanol blending is within reach. The report further lays out an annual plan for the gradual rollout of E20 ethanol in the country. It suggests specific responsibilities of Union Ministries, State Governments and vehicle manufacturers for the production, supply and gradual rollout of 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025.
Overview of Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme
|Name||Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme|
|Also known as||EBP Programme|
|Launch year||6 February 2023|
|Launched by||PM Narendra Modi|
|Nodal Ministry||Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas|
|Sector||Central sector scheme|
Objective and Benefits of Ethanol Blended Petrol Program
Immense benefits can accrue to the country by 20% ethanol blending by 2025, such as saving Rs 30,000 crore of foreign exchange per year, energy security, lower carbon emissions, better air quality, self-reliance, use of damaged foodgrains, increasing farmers’ incomes, employment generation, and greater investment opportunities.