World Bio-fuel Day to be observed on 10th August 2019
▪Expression of Interest to be floated for procurement of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil across 100 cities
▪World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector.
▪Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas will organize World Biofuel Day on 10th August 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
“Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)”.
▪Biofuels have the benefits of reduction of import dependence, cleaner environment, additional income to farmers and employment generation. Biofuel programme also compliments Government of India’s initiatives for Make in India, Swachh Bharat and increasing farmers income.
▪A number of initiatives have been undertaken to increase production and blending of biofuels since 2014.
▪In India, the same cooking oil is used for repeated frying which adversely affects the health due to formation of polar compounds during frying. These polar compounds are associated with diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases among others.
▪UCO is either not discarded at all or disposed off in an environmentally hazardous manner choking drains and sewerage systems.
▪The National Policy on Biofuels, released by the Government of India in 2018, envisages production of biofuel from UCO.
▪Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is implementing a strategy to divert UCO from the food value chain and curb current illegal usage.
▪The benefits of transformation of UCO will help bring health benefits as there would be no recycling of the UCO, employment generation, infrastructural investment in rural areas & cleaner environment with reduced carbon footprint.
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