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World Biofuel Day to be observed to create awareness about importance of non-fossil fuels

New Delhi, Aug 09 (HS): Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas will organize World Biofuel Day on 10th August at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. This year the theme of the World Biofuel Day is "Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)".

World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector. At present, approximately 850 crore litres of High Speed Diesel (HSD) is consumed on a monthly basis in India.

Dharmendra Pradhan , Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Steel will inaugurate the programme. Dr Harsh Vardhan , Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences will be the Chief Guest of the function.

Biofuels have the benefits of reduction of import dependence, cleaner environment, additional income to farmers and employment generation. Biofuel programme also compliments Government of India's initiatives for Make in India, Swachh Bharat and increasing farmers income. A number of initiatives have been undertaken to increase production and blending of biofuels since 2014.

In India, the same cooking oil is used for repeated frying which adversely affects the health due to formation of polar compounds during frying. These polar compounds are associated with diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, liver diseases among others. UCO is either not discarded at all or disposed off in an environmentally hazardous manner choking drains and sewerage systems.

Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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