World Biofuels Day 2023: Every year on August 10, World Biofuels Day is celebrated around the world. The day promotes and raises awareness about non-fossil fuels as an alternative source of energy. Additionally, the day focuses on the government’s initiatives and efforts to conserve fossil fuels.
What is biofuel?
Biofuels are a type of sustainable energy that is obtained from living organisms. This renewable energy source reduces the need for fossil fuel supply, which is considered a non-renewable resource. 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 August 10 every year. The day honors Rudolf Diesel, the person who created the diesel engine. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has celebrated the day since 2015 with a theme. But since there is no official announcement on the topic, World Biofuels Day will be celebrated with the 2022 theme: “Biofuels for sustainability and rural incomes.”
Why is World Biofuels Day celebrated?
World Biofuels Day celebrates one of the most notable inventions in history. On this day in 1893, Sir Rudolf Diesel successfully replaced peanut oil with fossil fuel to power diesel engines. This discovery 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 key reasons to choose biofuels over other forms of energy are:
- Biofuels cause less damage to the environment compared to non-renewable fossil fuels.
- Renewable energies mitigate climate change and promote sustainable energy.
- Biofuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce air and water pollution.
What is the future of World Biofuels Day?
India is considered one of the leading producers of biofuels. As reported by DD News, “During the 2021-22 ethanol supply year (December 1 to November 30), public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) procured a staggering 433.6 million liters of ethanol from national producers and mixed them with gasoline. showing significant progress towards cleaner energy. Additionally, ethanol supply has increased to 322 million liters (contracted) in 2020-21 from 38 million liters in 2013-14. Additionally, over the course of the 2022-23 financial year, 5.83 million liters of biodiesel were procured for blending with diesel, further reinforcing India’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.”
The modifications introduced in the National Biofuels Policy in 2018 also point to the objective of reaching a 20% ethanol blend and a 5% biodiesel blend by 2030. The three main modifications are:
- allow more raw materials for the production of biofuels,
- advance the ethanol blending target of 20% ethanol blending in gasoline to ESY 2025-26 from 2030,
- promote biofuel production in the country, under the Make in India programme, by units located in Special Economic Zones (SEZ)/Export Oriented Units (EoU).
In conclusion, World Biofuels Day emphasizes 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 more sustainable and green future.
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