Biofuels have a limited role in India due to land limitation and food security issues, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said, a view which differs from the official line pushing for a 20 per cent blend of such fuel in gasoline and diesel by 2017.
Pitching for hybrids and CNG-run vehicles, Ramesh said "biofuel does not has a relevance role in Indian context in view of land limitation and food security."
He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day 4th Environment Friendly Vehicles' conference.
In October 2007,
under pressure from the world to cut emissions of the greenhouse gasses
produced by fossil fuel combustion, the Government had mandated that
all diesel should contain 5 per cent biofuel by volume. Biofuels are
produced from crops and burn cleaner than fossil fuels. Read More