World Biofuels Day 2023: August 10 every year is considered as World Biofuels Day globally. The day promotes and raises awareness of non-fossil fuels as an alternative energy source. Additionally, the day focuses on government initiatives and efforts to conserve fossil fuels.
What is biofuel?
Biofuel is a type of sustainable energy obtained from living organisms. This renewable energy source reduces the need to supply fossil fuels, which are considered non-renewable resources. Some common examples of biofuels are corn ethanol, biodiesel, and biogas from organic byproducts.
World Biofuels Day 2023: Date and Theme
World Biofuels Day is celebrated on 10 August every year. The day honors Rudolf Diesel, the man who created the diesel engine. The Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas celebrates this day since 2015 with a theme. But as there is no official announcement on the topic, World Biofuels Day will be celebrated with the 2022 theme ‘Biofuels for sustainability and rural income’.
Why is World Biofuels Day celebrated?
World Biofuels Day celebrates one of the most remarkable inventions in history. On this day in 1893, Sir Rudolf Diesel successfully replaces peanut oil with fossil fuels to power diesel engines. This discovery has led to new channels of renewable and sustainable energy sources.
The day also highlights the environmental benefits of biofuels and the promotion of sustainable energy. Some of the main reasons to choose Biofuels over other forms of energy are:
- Biofuels are less harmful to the environment than non-renewable fossil fuels.
- Renewable energy helps mitigate climate change and promote sustainable energy.
- Biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce air and water pollution.
What is the future of World Biofuels Day?
India is considered as one of the leading biofuel producing countries. As DD News reports, “During the 2021-22 Ethanol Supply Year (December 1 to November 30), an astounding 433.6 crore liters of ethanol was sold by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (December 1 to November 30). OMC) purchased from domestic producers and blended with gasoline, represents a significant step towards cleaner energy. Furthermore, ethanol supply has increased to 322 crore liters (contracted) in 2020-21 from 38 crore liters in 2013-14. In addition, in fiscal year 2022-23, 5.83 million liters of biodiesel were purchased to blend with diesel, further reinforcing India’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.”
The amendments to the National Biofuels Policy 2018 also aim to achieve 20% ethanol blending and 5% biodiesel blending by 2030. The three main amendments are:
- to allow for more feedstock to produce biofuels,
- promote the ethanol blending target of 20% ethanol blending in gasoline to ESY 2025-26 from 2030,
- aimed at promoting the domestic production of biofuels, under the Made in India programme, by units located in the Special Economic Zones (SEZ)/Export-Oriented Units (EoU).
In summary, World Biofuels Day highlights the role of biofuels in achieving global energy and climate goals. The day also encourages industries and individuals to adopt clean and green energy solutions as an investment for a greener and sustainable future.
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