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Invest Punjab signs MoU to promote renewable gas sector

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The Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion (Invest Punjab) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Punjab State Office-Renewable Gas Association of India to promote the renewable gas sector.

The MoU includes the promotion of setting up biofuel projects and compressed biogas (bio-CNG) plants in India’s Punjab region, according to the Times of India.

The Renewable Gas Association of India (RGAI) has been created to offer expertise and guidance to the society to find the best solutions for improving and maximising renewable gas production and, therefore, encouraging green and sustainable growth.

“This will serve as an advocacy voice for the protection, preservation, and promotion of renewable gas to create additional and diverse market demand for renewable gas,” said Subodh Kumar, former executive director, Indian Oil, and president of RGAI.

Maninder Singh, general secretary of RGAI, said the organisation will encourage renewable gas produced from all feedstocks, using competing and sustainable technologies for all end-use applications. This will help to scale up the potential, mainly due to the abundance of unutilised agriculture feedstock – an estimated 140 million tonnes of residues annually – supported by the growing consumption of CNG and bio-CNG.

Ashish Kumar, managing director of Verbio India, which is building the region’s largest bioenergy plant, commented: “The Punjab State Office of RGAI will advocate and educate for sustainable development, deployment and utilisation of renewable gas and by-products such so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy.”