Ministry targets ten percent bio-fuel use in transportation by 2015
The Government has decided to develop Gliricidia planting as a fourth
plantation of the country as a response to a Cabinet paper submitted by
him Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tisa Vitarana said.
The above decision was taken by the Ministry after consideration of
the future demand for bio- fuels in the country.
He was speaking after accepting the Interim Report of the
Inter-Ministerial Working committee on implementing bio-fuel use in the
country presented by Committee Chairman Prof. KKYW Perera at the
Prof. Vitarana said in a back drop of volatility of world energy
markets, both on the way of supplies and prices, Sri Lanka will benefit
substantially by developing alternative indigenously produced fuels
which are more sustainable and environmentally benign. Such a policy
will provide quantifiable benefits, which will be dependent on the
choices made from several different options available for development.
Through a step-by-step action plan the Ministry intends to achieve
the target of using bio-fuel for transport progressively beginning with
as 1 percent in 2010, 2 percent in 2011, 4 percent in 2012, 6 percent in
2013, 8 percent in 2014 and 10 percent in 2015.
Making comments on the report Prof. Vitarana said that it recommends
that the target share of bio- fuels in the transport sector should be 10
percent of total transport fuels by the year 2015. It also recommends
all bio- fuels produced in the country for transport applications should
confirm to the guidelines specified by the Petroleum and Petroleum
Resources Development Ministry.
According to recommendations Ceylon Petroleum Corporation should be
encourage to purchase all locally manufactured bio-fuels which confirm
to above standards and blend them appropriately and market them through
the normal channels to consumers.