Less than three months of the Union Cabinet approving the National Policy on Biofuels – 2018, questions are being raised on the lack of transparency in adopting the policy both in terms of technology and funding.
“The government needs to revisit its policy. India needs to adopt a holistic approach to meet the consistent targets of ethanol blending, which is at abysmal levels at present,” said an industry observer, terming the policy as short-sighted and non-sustainable in the current form.
To extend financial and fiscal incentives, the policy categorises biofuels as ‘Basic’, that is, First Generation (1G) including bio-ethanol and biodiesel; ‘Advanced’ or Second Generation (2G) covering ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and drop-in fuels; and Third Generation (3G) such as bio-CNG, etc. Read more