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India working to transform its energy landscape with significant clean energy share: Minister Jitendra Singh

India is working to transform its energy landscape with a significant clean energy share, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh told the international community when the country will achieve net zero emissions by 2070.

India has agreed to reach 500GW of non-fossil energy capacity, shift 50 percent of its energy needs to renewable sources, reduce overall projected carbon emissions by one billion tons, and reduce the carbon intensity of the economy by 45 percent compared to 2005 levels.

“India is continuously working towards transforming the country’s energy landscape with significant clean energy share,” Singh said at the Global Clean Energy Acceleration Forum, joint convener of the 7th Mission Innovation and 13th Clean Energy Ministerial here.

Highlighting the need to strengthen long-term private sector involvement, he said the transition to a bioeconomy is based on projects under development and deployment with high investment and high-risk ambitions.

“Let me share one such milestone example. A pilot plant of 10 tonnes per day capacity with integrated enzyme production is being set up at Panipat Haryana. The plant will be commissioned by December and will be the first indigenous technology for on-site enzyme production,” Singh said.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd plans to supply this indigenous enzyme to a commercial 2G ethanol plant of 100 KL per day which is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2024, he said.

“In addition, lignin valorization processes are also being developed to produce value-added products from waste lignin.” The minister noted that sustainable biofuels play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. The biotechnology department is supporting innovation in advanced biofuels and waste-to-energy technologies, Singh added.

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