In a statement, ADB said the technical assistance (TA) will support development of advanced bioethanol, bio-compressed natural gas, and biodiesel plants to demonstrate the best practices for suitable feedstock, efficient conversion technology, and sustainable biofuel value chain.

ADB approves $2.5 million for advanced biofuel development in India

Multilateral lending company Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday mentioned it has accredited a $2.5 million (about Rs 18 crore) technical help to assist superior biofuel growth in India.

The grant is funded from the Asia Clean Energy Fund, financed by the Government of Japan beneath the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, and the Republic of Korea’s e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund.

In a press release, ADB mentioned the technical help (TA) will assist growth of superior bioethanol, bio-compressed pure fuel, and biodiesel vegetation to exhibit the very best practices for appropriate feedstock, environment friendly conversion know-how, and sustainable biofuel worth chain.

It can even assist incorporating gender main-streaming design within the feedstock worth chain to advertise the empowerment of rural girls in agriculture.

Using novel know-how, superior (or second-generation) biofuels may very well be produced from non-edible sources like agricultural residue, municipal strong waste, and used cooking oil. They can be utilized as bioethanol, biogas, and biodiesel for vitality, transport, manufacturing, and medical functions.

“This renewable energy will lower net greenhouse gas emission without threatening food security. India has a massive amount of wastes, but crop burning causes severe air pollution. If agricultural waste can be collected effectively as feedstock for biofuels, its sales will be able to supplement rural farmers’ income and negate the need to burn crop waste,” the assertion mentioned.

The superior biofuels can present simultaneous options to deal with vitality safety, waste recycling, local weather change, and air air pollution discount.

The Manila-headquartered organisation additional mentioned that technical and monetary obstacles discourage industrial manufacturing of biofuels, such because the absence of know-how requirements, lack of feedstock provide chain mechanism, restricted entry to finance, and resultant excessive manufacturing prices and monetary viability dangers.

“The ADB’s TA will help address these obstacles and prepare for advanced biofuels’ commercial application and large-scale production,” it mentioned.

ADB Finance Specialist for South Asia Jongmi Son mentioned ADB helps the federal government of India’s National Policy on Biofuels established in 2018 to advertise superior biofuel market, which can harness waste, strengthen vitality independence, create new industries and jobs, and mitigate world warming.

“The TA will take a cross-sector approach to tackle various thematic issues, such as energy security, transport mobility, agribusiness, financial stability, air and water pollution, waste disposal, public health, climate change, and the urban–rural divide,” Son mentioned.

As per the assertion, holistic research will probably be performed in assist of creating technical designs, efficient enterprise fashions, catalytic financing schemes, regulatory frameworks, and consciousness applications.

To enhance superior biofuel investments, ADB will collaborate with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Oil Industry Development Board, and public monetary establishments, such because the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

ADB can even work with public oil corporations, together with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited and the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, it added.