Govt. Announces the Launch of “Innovation Roadmap of the Mission Integrated Biorefineries”

The Indian Government announced the introduction of the “Innovation Roadmap of the Mission Integrated Biorefineries” at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum-2022, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. Dr Jitendra Singh led a high-level Joint Indian Ministerial Delegation of the Ministry of Power, New & Renewable Energy and Ministry of Science & Technology at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

The Minister of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology stated that the Mission aims at greater international collaboration. He then pointed out the need for increased financing for Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) during the next five years to kickstart this objective and unleash a virtuous cycle of public and private investment. The Minister made such statements during the 1st Roundtable on “Sustainable Bioenergy and Bio-refineries” at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum – the joint convening of 7th Mission Innovation and 13th Clean Energy Ministerial -2022.

The Minister also stated that it also provides policymakers with a strategic framework to establish a rising RD&D portfolio over the next five years, specific financing proposals across the entire spectrum of vital biorefinery technologies, and rapid action suggestions.

Dr Jitendra Singh informed the delegates that Indian Government is working towards transforming the energy landscape of country with significant clean energy share and added that by 2030, India agreed to reach 500-Gigawatt non-fossil energy capacity, shift 50% of energy requirements to renewable energy, lower overall anticipated carbon emissions by one billion tons, reduce carbon intensity of the economy by 45% over 2005 levels, and achieve net zero emissions by 2070.

In addition to the above, he also announced that a pilot plant of 10 Tons per day capacity with integrated enzyme production is being set up at Panipat Haryana, which will be commissioned by December 2022. It will be the 1st indigenous technology for on-site enzyme production. The Minister also stated that Indian Oil Corporation Limited has planned to supply this indigenous enzyme to commercial 2G ethanol plant of 100 KL per day expected to be commissioned by Q2 of 2024. 

The introduction of this roadmap underlines the importance of biofuels for India, which will be pivotal in reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector.