Sanjay Jog / Mumbai January 05, 2010, 0:57 IST

The central government, which has stepped up efforts for the blending of ethanol in a 5 per cent proportion with petrol, has threatened to blacklist ethanol manufacturers if they fail to supply the commodity to oil marketing companies (OMCs).

This paper investigates the direct and indirect impacts of ethanol production on land use, deforestation and food production. A partial equilibrium model of a national economy with two sectors and two regions, one of which includes a residual forest, is developed.

The United States is investing billions of dollars each year in subsidies and tax breaks to domestic ethanol producers in the hope that biofuels will become a major plank of an energy security and fuel diversification program. Moreover, the investment has grown in recent years.

This report presents an overview of recent developments in the consumption and production of bioenergy. Examines main issues, the possible economic implications of these developments and assesses their potential impact on land use and environment, especially with respect to forests.

This research aims to assess economic and social impacts of 20% biofuels blending mandate by 2017, using forward-looking dynamic CGE model that can model transitional dynamics of the economy. Start from a simple version of the model, then later incorporate important issues gradually.

This publication presents a compilation of information on key practical issues affecting jatropha for pro-poor development. It provides a brief overview of biofuels, their growth drivers

Viable biofuels could end up reducing land for crops

Prabha Jagannathan NEW DELHI

NEW DELHI: State-owned oil companies will pay Rs. 27 a litre, or 25 per cent higher from the existing level, for buying ethanol from sugar mills for blending with petrol, it is learnt.

IN AN urgent bid to revive the mandatory blending of 5% ethanol with petrol, the Centre is gearing up to rework the formula for pricing ethanol in order to activate the ethanol supply tenders from sugar factories to oil marketing companies (OMCs).