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Aug 10, 2019
2:06PM

World Biofuel Day being observed today

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Today is World Biofuel Day. It is observed to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. 

Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, harnessing the full potential of biofuels to generate alternative energy in various forms, including ethanol, 2G ethanol, Compressed Biogas and biodiesel will help achieve PM Modi’s vision of reducing import dependence of biofuel and ensuring sustainable energy future in the country.

The theme of this year's Biofuel Day is Production of Bio-diesel from Used Cooking Oil. The event was aimed at reducing dependency on biofuel and adopting alternative sources of energy and effective management of used cooking oil. 

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, in association with the Health Ministry, has started an initiative -- Repurpose of Used Cooking Oil in which the used oil will be collected from hotels and restaurants and sent to the biodiesal plants for blending.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harshvardhan also graced the occasion.

AIR correspondent reports that this will help reduce diversion of Used Cooking Oil, stop its reuse beyond permissible limits besides reducing the carbon emissions. As per a scientific study, the used cooking oil has 25 per cent of polar compound affecting human health on consumption and causing serious diseases like cancer and severe heart problems.

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