Ethanol Blending

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  • May 10, 2022
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In News: Petroleum Minister has stated that the level of ethanol blending in petrol in India has reached 9.99 per cent

Ethanol Blending

  • India had targeted 10 per cent ethanol blending in petrol by the end of 2022 and 20 per cent blending by 2030
  • But recently Government of India has advanced the target for 20% ethanol blending in petrol to 2025 from 2030
  • The Centre has also targeted 5 per cent blending of biodiesel with diesel by 2030


  • It is one of the principal biofuels, which is naturally produced by the fermentation of sugars by yeasts or via petrochemical processes such as ethylene hydration
  • The ethanol blending programme is aimed at reducing the country’s dependence on crude oil imports, cutting carbon emissions and boosting farmers’ incomes.
  • The Centre has also announced an additional duty of Rs 2 per litre on unblended fuels starting October to incentivise blending

Source: Indian Express

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