Review of progress in production of non-conventional fuels with specific reference to bio-fuels: Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas

The Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas present this sixth report on the subject “Review of Progress in Production of Non-Conventional Fuels with Specific Reference to Bio-Fuels”. Government has emphasized on achieving energy security of the country with a target of reducing import dependence i.e. usage of fossil fuels. The growing concern about the import dependence for fuel requirement in tandem with environmental pollution issues have driven the need for alternative fuels that have superior environment benefits and are economically competitive with fossil fuel. This envisages a strategic role for biofuels in the Indian Energy basket. These resources include agriculture and forest residue, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), cow dung etc. which can be used to convert into biofuels. The Government is committed to utilize these with the aim to reduce our dependence on import of crude oil, achieve foreign exchange savings, provide better remuneration for the farmers with a view to double their income, address growing environment issues owing to use of fossil fuels and burning of biomass/ waste, address challenges of waste management/agri-residues management in line with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and promote “Make in India” campaign.