1. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), India’s leading oil refiner, will establish 300 ethanol fuel stations across the country. This decision aligns with the government’s push towards adopting cleaner energy sources and reducing the nation’s carbon footprint.
  2. The initiative comes after Nitin Gadkari’s proposal for ethanol pumps was accepted by the petroleum minister. The move is part of India’s broader strategy to meet its 2070 net-zero carbon emissions target.
  3. Ethanol, an organic fuel made from farm waste, molasses, and grains, is being promoted as a cleaner alternative to conventional fossil fuels. It is available in various blends, with E85 (83% ethanol) being noted for its significantly lower tailpipe emissions compared to regular petrol.

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