Govt. grants green clearance to IOCL for Panipat ethanol plant

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New Delhi (NVI): With an aim to promote the use of environment-friendly products, the Ministry of Environment has permitted the clearance to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for setting up of ethanol plant with an outlay of Rs 766 crore at Panipat.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Happy to inform that Environment Clearance is given to IOCL to set up new 2G Ethanol plant in Panipat. This project not only promotes the use of environmentally friendly fuel but also aids in fulfilment of Govt.’s goal of doubling farmers’ income.”

He further tweeted that the Ministry has revised the environmental standards for tanneries, iron and steel industries and coffee industries after due stakeholder consultations and expert advice. 

Earlier, IOCL had submitted a proposal seeking environmental clearance for its proposed 100 KLPD Ligno-Cellulosic 2G Ethanol Plant in Baholi, Panipat district of Haryana with an estimated investment of Rs 766 crore for setting up the plant, said an official statement.

The statement added, “It is noteworthy to mention that the Central Government has identified production and use of ethanol as one the thrust area to reduce import dependency and increase farmers’ income. The Ethanol produced will be used for blending in transportation fuel.”

Recently the centre had declared that no separate environmental clearance is required to produce additional ethanol from B-heavy molasses as it does not contribute to the pollution load, giving further benefits to farmers and the sugar industry, the statement further added. 

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