Amendments to National Policy on Biofuels 2018

Amendments to National Policy on Biofuels 2018

The Union Cabinet has approved the Amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels 2018. The National Policy on Biofuels - 2018 was notified by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on 4 June 2018 in supersession of National Policy on Biofuels, promulgated through the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, in 2009.

Due to advancements in the field of Biofuels, various decisions taken in the National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC) meetings to increase biofuel production, recommendation of the Standing Committee and the decision to advance to introduce Ethanol Blended Petrol with up to twenty per cent ethanol throughout the country from 1 April, 2023, amendments are done to the National Policy on Biofuels.

The following are the main amendments approved to the National Policy on Biofuels:

  • to allow more feedstocks for production of biofuels
  • to advance the ethanol blending target of 20% blending of ethanol in petrol to ESY 2025-26 from 2030
  • to promote the production of biofuels in the country, under the Make in India program, by units located in Special Economic Zones (SEZ)/ Export Oriented Units (EoUs)
  • to add new members to the NBCC
  • to grant permission for export of biofuels in specific cases
  • to delete or amend certain phrases in the Policy in line with decisions taken during the meetings of National Biofuel Coordination Committee

This proposal will also attract and foster developments of indigenous technologies which will pave the way for Make in India drive and thereby generate more employment.