Tweaking national biofuel policy for promotion of sweet sorghum as alternate feedstock

Basavaraj, G and Rao, P P and Ravinder Reddy, Ch and Ashok Kumar, A and Srinivasa Rao, P and Reddy, B V S (2013) Tweaking national biofuel policy for promotion of sweet sorghum as alternate feedstock. In: Developing a Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Value Chain. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, pp. 201-218. ISBN 978-92-9066-555-7

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Energy is a critical input for economic growth and sustainable development in both developed and developing countries. Globally, the energy requirement for the transportation sector is met from fossil fuels that are non-renewable and contribute to atmospheric pollution. However, the sharp rise in crude oil prices from US$20 a barrel in 2002 to almost US$100 (even touching $140 before stabilizing at around $80) forced nations to seriously look for alternative energy sources that are renewable and non-polluting. This trend of rising oil prices is expected to continue in the face of their shrinking supplies and rising demand. Secondly, growing concerns over human-induced climate change, as evidenced by rising temperatures and environmental pollution is further driving the impetus for non-polluting energy sources. One such source is seed ethanol from plant biomass/grain and biodiesel from processing edible and non-edible vegetable oils.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: RP-Dryland Cereals
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofuel policy, Sweet sorghum, Alternate feedstock
Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 08:12
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 08:42
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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