Government Approves Use of Bio-Ethanol as Vehicle Fuel
by Aminur Rahman Rasel (Dhaka Tribune) …The government has decided to allow the use of bio-ethanol as vehicle fuel by mixing it with petrol and octane at a 5% ratio.
The initiative, first ever in Bangladesh, was taken to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil and carbon emission, with aims to mitigate environmental pollution across the country.
On December 12 this year, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division published a gazette notification directing people concerned to set up bio-ethanol plants.
Biomass is a term for organic material that comes from plants and animals, maize grain, maize tree, molasses, old news paper, rice husk, sugarcane waste, cotton yarn, straw, tree , municipal waste, cotton, waste of textile mills, water hyacinths, aquatic and forestry soft plants and switch grass.
The gazette pointed out that other food products except the above mentioned material will not be included in the list of raw materials.
The gazette notification also read: “The addition of internationally recognised denatured or foul-smelling ingredients in required amount is a must to ensure that the bio-ethanol cannot be consumed.”
“There will be no obstacles in selling bio-ethanol as per the government direction. But, I doubt whether it would be cost effective or not,” Mohammad Nazmul Haque, president of Petrol Pump and Tank-Lorry Owners Association told the Dhaka Tribune last Monday.
Nazmul also argued that prices of octane and petrol may go up in the new process, adding that around 5,000 tons of petrol and octane is sold across the country every day. READ MORE