New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 24 December gave its approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Republic of India and the Federative Republic of Brazil on bioenergy cooperation.
India and Brazil are major consumers of energy in the world and Brazil is an important trading partners of India in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region. Brazil is currently the world’s second largest producer and consumer of biofuels, and biofuels & bioelectricity accounted for 18% of Brazil’s energy mix. India also has a strong focus in the area of biofuels and has set a target to achieve 20% blending of ethanol in petrol and 5% blending of biodiesel in diesel by 2030 with the announcement of new policy on Biofuels in 2018.
During the meeting between PM Modi and the President of Brazil, Michel Timer, in India in 2016, the two sides agreed to cooperate on research and development of renewable energies, as well as in the field of second-generation biofuels.
In this regard, the MoU provides a framework to cooperate and promote investment in biofuel, bioelectricity and biogas supply-chains, including feedstock, industrial conversion, distribution and end use sectors.
Some other salient features of the MoU include exchange of information on agricultural practices and policies regarding biomass for bioenergy, including sugarcane, corn, rice, oil-crops, and lignocellulosic crops; policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions levels based on the use of biofuels, using cycle analysis and the issuance of emissions reduction certificates traded in an organized market; trade aspects and the promotion of a joint position to address market access and sustainability of biofuels, including advanced biofuels; engine and fuel modifications and adjustments that may be necessary for different percentages of biofuels blended with fossil fuels.