World Environment Day is being Celebrated across the globe today. It is one of the biggest annual events organised by the United Nations to generate awareness about the significance of nature. The United Nations General Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972, which was the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the human environment. It was first observed in 1974. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country in which official celebrations take place. This year’s host is Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the World Environment Day event today at 11 AM through video conferencing. The event is being jointly organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The theme for this year’s event is ‘promotion of biofuels for a better environment’.
During the event, the Prime Minister will release the Report of the Expert Committee on Road Map for ethanol blending in India 2020-2025. To commemorate World Environment Day, Government of India is releasing E-20 Notification directing Oil Companies to sell ethanol blended petrol with percentage of ethanol up to 20 per cent from 1st April 2023 and BIS Specifications for higher ethanol blends E12 and E15. These efforts will facilitate setting up of additional ethanol distillation capacities and will provide timelines for making blended fuel available across the country. This will also help increase consumption of ethanol in the ethanol producing states and the adjoining regions, before 2025. The Prime Minister will launch a Pilot Project of E 100 dispensing stations at three locations in Pune. Mr Modi will also interact with farmers to gain insight on their first hand experience, as enablers under the Ethanol Blended Petrol and Compressed BioGas Programmes.