Dr Jitendra Singh, who is leading India’s high-level joint ministerial delegation of the Ministry of Power, New and Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Science and Technology at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, announced the launch of the “Integrated Biorefinery Mission Innovation Plan” developed by the co-leaders and active contributions from Brazil, Canada, EC and UK.
The minister said the mission aims for greater international cooperation and the need for increased energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) funding over the next five years to kick-start this goal and trigger a virtuous cycle of public and private investment. Dr Jitendra Singh spoke at the 1st Round Table on ‘Sustainable Bioenergy and Biorefineries’ at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum – a joint convening of the 7th Innovation Mission and the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial Conference – 2022.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, “Integrated Biorefineries Mission Innovation Plan” aims to fill the void by identifying gaps and challenges in the current biorefineries value chains, prioritizing eight key actions to support the mission and guiding the overall journey of the mission to achieve its goal. He said it also provides policymakers with a strategic framework for building a growing RD&D portfolio over the next five years, concrete financial proposals across the spectrum of vital biorefinery technologies and proposals for quick action.
Addressing the Ministers and Directors General, Senior Officials (US DoE, Mission Innovation Steering Committee (MISC) and Mission Innovation Secretariat, senior representatives of MI member countries and partner organizations, Dr. Jitendra Singh said: Clean Energy Meet offers India an opportunity to present the Prime Minister’s Climate Vision and clean energy by Minister Narendra Modi to the world The Minister said he was extremely happy to be present at this meeting where the global energy community came together to share and collaborate for a successful global green transition.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed the delegates that India is constantly working to transform the country’s energy landscape with a significant share of clean energy, adding that by 2030, India has agreed to achieve 500 gigawatts of non-fossil energy capacity and shift 50% of energy requirements to renewable energy sources. energy, reduce total expected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes, reduce the carbon intensity of the economy by 45% compared to 2005 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2070.
Dr Jitendra Singh proudly shared that a 10 tonne/day integrated enzyme production pilot plant is being set up at Panipat Haryana, which will be commissioned by December 2022. This will be the first indigenous on-site enzyme production technology. The minister pointed out that Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is also planning to supply this indigenous enzyme to a 100 KL/day commercial 2G ethanol plant which is expected to be commissioned in Q2 2024.
Further development the process of recovering lignin in order to produce value-added products from waste lignin. He said its successful demonstration will provide the nation with indigenous technology and contribute to a self-sufficient India and reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector. Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized that sustainable biofuels play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. He said that India through the Ministry of Biotechnology is promoting R&D innovation in Advanced Biofuels and Waste to Energy technologies.
He also told the delegates that India has set up 5 bioenergy centers where an interdisciplinary team is working on advanced sustainable biofuels using modern biotechnological tools. The Minister concluded by saying that recently, when India hosted the MI Annual Assembly in New Delhi, the Integrated Biorefineries mission was launched with co-leaders from the Netherlands, bringing together key members, international organizations, the corporate sector, academic institutions and civil society. accelerate innovation in renewable fuels, chemicals and materials for a low-carbon future.