In this article, we will discuss Significance of Ethanol Blending. So, let’s get started.
Significance of Ethanol Blending
- Reduce dependency on Petroleum: By blending ethanol into gasoline, it can reduce the amount of petrol required to run a car, thereby reducing dependence on imported, expensive, and polluting petroleum.
- Today, India imports 85% of its oil requirements.
- Save Money: India’s net import of petroleum was 185 million tonnes in 2020-21 at a cost of USD551 billion.
- Most of the petroleum products are used in transportation and therefore, the E20 programme can save the countryUSD4 billion annually.
- Less Polluting: Ethanol is a less polluting fuel and offers equivalent efficiency at a lower cost than petrol.
- Availability of large arable land, rising production of foodgrains and sugarcane leading to surpluses, availability of technology to produce ethanol from plant-based sources, and the feasibility of making vehicles compliant to ethanol blended petrol (EBP) are some of the supporting arguments used in the roadmap for E20, which refers to the target as “not only a national imperative, but also an important strategic requirement”.