NEW DELHI: To check growing air pollution, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways is coming up with standards for bio-diesel run vehicles on the lines of diesel and petrol vehicles. The step is meant to encourage production of vehicles run on biofuel, which is a less-polluting alternative.
The draft mass emission standards for bio-diesel (B100) has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders, including automobile companies, who have been producing engine compatible to run bio-diesel in other countries. The ministry is ready to open the market for all types of biofuels such as ethanol, biogas, methane and biodiesel, among others.
Biofuels are prevalent the world over, but India has not ventured into it till now. Once effective, the companies will be allowed to manufacture vehicles fitted with engine compatible to run on diesel or a mixture with bio-diesel, using up to 100 per cent bio-diesel. The decision has been taken to cut the dependence on crude oil and bring down pollution caused by increasing number of vehicles especially in metro cities.
“We have been approached by several automobile companies that they are ready to produce bio-diesel driven vehicles but the problem was that there were no standards. Keeping in mind that India needs to bring down carbon emission and shifting to biofuels can contribute a big time, we decided to come up with bio-diesel emission standards,” said a ministry official.
The draft has been put in public domain for final consultation and replies have been sought by December 26. “India is the second major sugarcane producing country in the world after Brazil. We can use sugarcane for production of ethanol to run vehicles,” the official pointed out.