Bhubaneswar: In a bid to create awareness on non fossil fuels (Green fuels), people from different walks of life including students and farmers today observed World Bio-fuel Day on Friday at three places in Odisha-Bhubaneswar, Bargarh and Bhawanipatna.
With this year’s theme-‘Making Our Planet a Better Place For Bio-fuel’, various quiz and paintaing competition were organised at different schools in these towns to mark the day.
A rally was also taken out in Bhubaneswar to spread awareness on use of bio fuel and its advantage. Vice chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Surendranath Pasupalak took part in the vent as chief guest.
Ministry of Petroleum has been observing the Bio-fuel Day every year since 2015. On the first year of celebration, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had launched bio diesel blending programme in four cities in India-Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Haldia.
An international seminar titled Energy Security for India-Creating a Biofuel Economy’ was organised by Ministry of Petroleum in 2016 in Delhi.
Bio fuel helps reducing harmful air pollutants and save forex by reducing crude oil imports.
It also generates employment in rural areas and gives additional revenue to farmers.
Bio-ethanol derived from agriculture residues reduces green house gas emission by approximately 92 per cent as compared to burning of fossil fuels.