Question raised in Rajya Sabha on ethanol blending for reduction in emission, 11/03/2020

With a view to give boost to agriculture sector, achieve import substitution, promote effective waste management and reduce environmental pollution Government has been blending ethanol in petrol. With effect from 01.01.2003, it was decided to supply ethanol blended petrol (EBP) in nine States and four Union Territories for sale of 5% ethanol blended petrol. This was further extended to twenty States and four Union Territories with effect from 01.11.2006. The blending percentage in EBP was increased to 10% with effect from 02.01.2013. Central Government extended the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme to whole of India except island Union Territories of Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep with effect from 01.04.2019.