While India achieved a blending level of 5.09% of green fuel ethanol in petrol between December 1 and June 22 during the ongoing year, some states were able to achieve much higher levels. UP, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Karnataka blended closer to the Indian target of 2021 — between 8.5% and 9.8% — according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).
Of the supply contracts of 170 crore litres (between ethanol manufacturers/sugar mills and oil marketing companies) for 2019-20, as much as 92.5 crore litres have been supplied between December 1, 2019, and June 22, 2020, achieving an average all India blending of 5.09%, the sugar association said.
India has a target to achieve 10% blending of ethanol in vehicle fuel by 2021.
Despite a lesser production, Punjab and Haryana are being able to blend more ethanol because of supplies from UP, said ISMA.