Petrol Min: SATAT initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas as green fuel, CNG alternative

New Delhi: Government of India has launched the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative in October last year to promote Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) as an alternative, green transport fuel for efficient management of biomass and organic waste.

CBG can be produced from biomass and organic waste sources like paddy straw & farm stubble, agricultural residue, cattle dung, sugarcane press mud, distillery spent wash, municipal solid waste, sewage treatment plant waste, and forest residue.

As part of the SATAT scheme, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) had launched an Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of Compressed Bio-Gas from the entrepreneurs at an assured price.

The CBG shall be sold as clean fuel for automobiles in a similar way to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). It can also be sold to domestic, industrial and commercial consumers who are using LPG and other fuels.

SATAT initiative has the potential of addressing environmental problems arising from stubble burning. The viability is based on techno-commercial factors.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

Indus Dictum had earlier reported that Minister Of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo said that the Government is taking all efforts for the mitigation of air pollution in the country. He had also stated that there is an overall improvement in the air quality of Delhi in 2019 (From January 2019 to 18 November 2019) successively since 2016, due to Govt initiatives.

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