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Symposium on Biofuels and Bioenergy: Enablers for Reducing Oil Import Dependence

PetroFed organized a symposium on ‘Biofuels and Bioenergy: Enablers for Reducing Oil Import Dependence’ on May 11, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The symposium had participation from senior government officials, technology developers, industry experts and academicians deliberating on enablers for enhancing the production of biofuels in the country.

Addressing the delegates the Hon'ble Minister of state Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India accentuated on synergizing bioenergy to conventional energy market while developing India specific model so that biofuels can play an important role in India’s inclusive growth story.

While delivering his Special Address, Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog said that for biofuels economy; price affordability and sustainability should be kept in mind, whereas ensuring coordination and understanding between supplier and buyer will allow smooth implementation of biofuels program.

Delivering Theme address by Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech, US emphasised on the circular economy where innovative technology for recycling waste to ethanol can play a role for carbon smart future.

Sh. K. D. Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in his valedictory address said that technologies should play an important role for biofuels production so that biofuels can play an important role in India’s energy basket.

The conference saw participation of 14 national and international speakers in 4 technical sessions and more than 100 delegates.

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Dr. R. K. Malhotra, Director General, PetroFed welcoming Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas with a bouquet

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan addressing the delegates.

Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog giving his Special Address.

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech, US delivering Theme Address..

(L-R) Mr. Mahesh Kulkarni, Manager, Praj Industries Limited; Dr. Anjan Ray, UOP, Dr. Renu Swarup, Sr. Adviser, Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India; Mr. Bas Melssen, Novozyme; Dr. C. S. Laxmi Narasimhan, Shell Technology Centre..

Mr. Prashant K. Banerjee, SIAM making his presentation. Others(L-R) Ms. Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India; Mr. Subodh Kumar, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.; Mr. R. K. Misra, Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuels.

Mr. Chris de Lavigne, KPMG Services Pte Limited making his presentation through Skype. Others(L-R) Lt. Col. Monish Ahuja (Retd.), Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.; Dr. Y. B. Ramakrishna, Chairman, Working Group on Bio Fuels, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India ; Dr. Vibha Dhawan, TERI; Mr. Mainak Chakraborty, GPS Renewables.

Dr. D. K. Tuli, DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy Research chairs the session. Others(L-R) Mr. S.R Soni GM- Distillery at India Glycols Limited; Mr. Vasudeo Joshi, Praj Industries Limited.

Mr. K. D. Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas delivery the Valedictory Address.

A section of participants.