U.S. - India Biofuels Task Force Launched
USAgNet - 09/17/2021
The U.S.-India Biofuels Task Force was launched Sept. 10 to encourage biofuels use in India to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote clean energy.
The announcement was made during inter-ministerial discussions between India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri and U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.
India continues to be a significant trading partner for the United States with more than 144 million gallons of industrial grade ethanol exports in marketing year 2021.
“This is a first step in building on the strengths of the existing U.S.-India relationship, with an eye on energy transition and cooperation," said Alejandra Danielson Castillo, U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) regional director for South Asia.
"For our members, this is a great opportunity to collaborate and engage with our second-largest market for ethanol exports, with a goal of growing that trading relationship to potentially include fuel grade ethanol.
“The U.S. ethanol industry is ready to support our Indian counterparts in the development and advancement of India’s ethanol roadmap.”
The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) will serve as the secretariat for the task force, and members include Indian and U.S. industry stakeholders, thought leaders in the biofuels and ethanol space, academia, and technical specialists.
The findings of the task force will be reported to the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership.
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