Ethanol blending with petrol

The government has set target date for achieving 20 per cent ethanol-blending with petrol to 2023.

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It aims to help reduce India’s dependence on costly oil imports.

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Important points

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☆ Last year, the government had set a target of reaching 10 per cent ethanol-blending in petrol (10 per cent of ethanol mixed with 90 per cent of diesel) by 2022, and 20 per cent doping by 2030.

☆ Earlier this year, the target for 20 per cent blending was brought forward to 2025. And now, it has been further advanced to April 2023.

☆ India is the world’s third-biggest oil importer. India relies on foreign suppliers to meet over 85 per cent of its demand.

☆ The sugar industry will divert 6 million tonnes of surplus sugar to produce 7 billion litres of the ethanol needed, while the remaining ethanol will be produced from excess grain.

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