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India achieves 10% ethanol blending 5 months ahead of schedule

June 5, 2022: On the occasion of 50th World Environment Day,
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today declared that
India has achieved 10 percent Ethanol blending in Petrol. On the
occasion of this milestone, Prime Minister said:
Under the guidance of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
(MoPNG), the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs),
with the support of ethanol suppliers have been blending ethanol
in petrol under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Program, which
is a flagship program of the Government.
Ethanol blending enables the nation to enhance energy security,reduce dependence on fuel imports, save foreign exchange, and address environmental issues, while also boosting domestic
agriculture sector. Incessant coordinated efforts between the three OMCs – IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum – has made it possible to achieve this milestone of average 10% blending across the
country 5 months ahead of the targeted timelines of November,
Due to the various steps taken by the Government in the last eight years, the availability of ethanol for blending is expected to go up
to 450 crore litres in the current Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) from 67 crore litres in 2014. This has resulted in significant improvement
in the ethanol blending percentage from 2.33% in 2014 to presently
10% blending and also enabled forex savings of over Rs.41,500
crore, reduced GHG emissions of 27 lakh MT and led to the expeditious payment of over Rs.40,600 crore to farmers.
Since 2014, with the unstinted support of the Government of India
and with concerted efforts of the Oil Marketing Companies and ethanol suppliers, the EBP program has roped many benefits for the country.

On the occasion of World Environment Day in June, 2021
the Hon’ble Prime Minister released a Roadmap for Ethanol
Blending in India 2020-25. This report lays out an annual
plan for the gradual rollout of E20 (20% Ethanol Blended
Petrol) in the country to achieve 20% blending by 2025-26,
of which this present achievement of 10% blending is an intermediate milestone.
In order to meet the gap between current availability and
the future requirements of ethanol for the EBP program,
Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies, under the
guidance of MoPNG, have now signed long term off-take
agreements with 131 upcoming dedicated ethanol plants in
ethanol deficit states which will augment the ethanol
production capacity by approximately 750 crore litres per annum. This is expected to improve the ethanol availability
and help in achieving the blending targets set for the
country.To meet the blending targets, Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies are making huge investments in augmenting the blending infrastructure at their terminals and depots. In order to achieve uniform blending across the country, the OMCs are now transporting ethanol as well as ethanol
blended petrol over long distances with the help of Railway tank wagons.
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