India promotes nontraditional feedstocks

By | February 09, 2010
The government of India recently approved a national biofuels policy that, it says, aims to make biofuels a major component of the country's energy and transportation sectors, while contributing to energy security, climate change mitigation and job creation. The policy emphasizes the use of next-generation technologies that utilize non-traditional, indigenous biomass feedstocks for the production of biofuels. As part of the policy, appropriate financial and fiscal measures in the form of subsidies and grants will be considered to support the development of biofuels. India expects 20 percent of its fuel be comprised of biodiesel and ethanol by 2017.