Plant will con­vert used cook­ing oil into bio-diesel

The Haryana plant will be op­er­a­tional from Jan­uary. It will have the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 100-tonne of bio-diesel per day.

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threat­en­ing dis­eases like can­cer, Parkin­son’s, Alzheimer’s and heart, choles­terol re­lated dis­eases, among many oth­ers. Bio-diesel is al­ready be­ing man­u­fac­tured in In­dia as a byprod­uct while re­fin­ing crude palm oil for ed­i­ble pur­poses, mainly in the south­ern states. But it is for the first time that UCO is be­ing con­verted into bio-diesel in In­dia.

The new bio-fuel pol­icy, an­nounced by the Min­istry of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas, aims to achieve 0.5% blend­ing of bio-diesel in diesel by 2020 and 5% by 2030. It also aims to pro­duce 2 mil­lion tonne of bio-diesel from UCO by 2020. The world pro­duc­tion of bio-diesel is 2.8 crore tonne.

Po­ten­tial for UCO col­lec­tion in Delhi and NCR is huge. As per a CARE re­port, the av­er­age con­sump­tion of oil in In­dia is 14.4 kg per per­son per an­num. The con­sump­tion in Delhi alone is 676,800 tonne per year. Even a 10% col­lec­tion will re­sult in a size­able pro­duc­tion of bio- diesel. In­dia con­sumes 82 mil­lion tonne of ed­i­ble oil an­nu­ally.

Both im­port and ex­port of bio-diesel is banned in In­dia, which im­ports 80% of crude oil. A 5% blend­ing of biodiesel will save a for­eign ex­change of nearly $10 bil­lion an­nu­ally. Vig said the gov­ern­ment should in­cen­tivise the bio-fuel in­dus­try by tak­ing it se­ri­ously as is be­ing done in case of ethanol. More­over, its ex­port should also be al­lowed, he opined.

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