India fast tracks adoption of ethanol-blended fuel to reduce emissions, cut costs

Motorcyclists queueing to refill fuel tanks at a petrol station in Bangalore on June 11, 2021.
Motorcyclists queueing to refill fuel tanks at a petrol station in Bangalore on June 11, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI - India, the world's third-biggest oil importer, has fast tracked a proposal to introduce petrol with a higher blend of ethanol in an effort to reduce its vehicular emissions and cut down on oil import costs.

While it is expected to also benefit Indian farmers, who produce sugar cane and grains used to make ethanol, concerns have been raised that a greater adoption of ethanol could have an adverse impact on the country's food and ecological security.

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