India and Brazil Forge Tech Partnership to Boost Ethanol Use


IndiaIndia is in talks with Brazil to establish a technological partnership focused on promoting the use of ethanol as part of carbon emissions reduction efforts. V K Singh, Union Minister, underscored Brazil's expertise in ethanol utilization for vehicles, emphasizing the potential for learning and collaboration. Speaking at the 'Assocham-Fuels of the Future 2.0' conference in the national capital, the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways expressed the intent to develop an ethanol ecosystem, drawing insights from Brazil's experience with alcohol-based fuels.

Continuing his remarks, Singh underscored the significance of raising awareness about alternative fuels as viable substitutes for conventional fossil fuels. Apart from sugarcane, ethanol can be produced from diverse sources like broken rice, maize, and corn. Singh, who also serves as the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, highlighted ongoing efforts, including trials of sustainable aviation fuels, and identified the pivotal challenge of selecting and promoting alternative fuels while advocating for a shift in mindset.

Ambassador Kenneth Felix Haczynski da Nobrega, representing Brazil in India, lauded the initiation of the Global BioFuel Alliance during India's G20 presidency, considering it a pioneering step in the realm of clean energy. He emphasized that this initiative signals a new phase, solidifying bio-fuel technology as a crucial option for decarbonizing economies. The Brazilian G20 presidency is committed to advancing the implementation of the Global BioFuel Alliance.

Expanding on the technological dialogue between Brazil and India on ethanol over the past three years, Ambassador da Nobrega expressed the intent to deepen this partnership. He highlighted the goal of involving new partners to extend the use of bio-fuel ethanol to more countries, making it a more widespread commodity. Brazil is prepared to share its technology and experience with India in this endeavor. Additionally, Singh commented on the government's green hydrogen mission, noting significant progress in establishing green hydrogen as a viable fuel for various vehicle applications.

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