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Information about Biofuels in India

To get the detailed information about biofuels in India please go through these links:

1. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India

MNRE is the nodal ministry of the Government of India for all matters related to new and renewable energy. The broad aim of the Ministry is to develop new and renewable energy for supplementing the energy requirements of the country.

2. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), Government of India

IREDA is a Public Limited Government Company under the administrative control of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE). Its objective is to promote, develop and extend financial assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency /conservation projects.

3. Energy Bioscience Program, Department of Biotechnology (DBT): Govt of India

Its aim is the development of modern biology and biotechnology in India. Under its auspices‘The National Bioresource Development Board (NBDB)’ works with a mission to evolve a broad policy framework for research and development for sustainable utilization of bioresources. One of the flagship programs under NBDB is ‘Energy Bioscience Program’ to develop efficient, viable, low cost technologies for the development of renewable energy. Under Energy Bioscience program DBT has established a network of more than 60 universities, research institutes and industry in close partnership, which are working to realize the goals set in national biofuel mission.

4. Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA)

PCRA is a registered society under the auspices of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Govt. of India. Its primary aim is to formulate policies and strategies to accelerate conservation of petroleum products. One of its main objectives is to support and facilitate efforts for adoption and information dissemination for substitution of petroleum products with alternate and renewable fuels. National Biofuel Centre is a part of PCRA which provides the necessary information related to biofuels.

5Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA)

ISMA is the central apex organisation to voice the cause of the sugar industry. It maintains database for the sugar industry. Useful information about fuel grade ethanol can be obtained from its website.

6. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization. Through policy advocacy and consultation it works to create conducive environment for the growth of partnering industry, government, and civil society.

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