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E20 fuel


Context: Government invites public comments for introducing adoption of E20 fuel to promote green fuel like ethanol.

  • Adoption of E20 fuel means blending of 20 per cent of ethanol with gasoline as an automotive fuel.
  • The move assumes significance in the wake of promoting green fuel like ethanol to reduce huge Rs 8 lakh crore crude import dependence thereby saving foreign exchange and boosting energy security.
  • Government aspires to take the ethanol economy to Rs 2 lakh crores in the next five years from Rs 22,000 crore at present.
  • The notification facilitates the development of E20 compliant vehicles. It will also help in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, etc.

Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme

  • Under it, the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) sell petrol blended with ethanol up to 10%.
  • This programme has been extended to whole of India except Union Territories of Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands with effect from 01st April, 2019 to promote the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels