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Mainstreaming bio-CNG for mobility in Indian cities

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Adnan Wanii of Ola Mobility Insitute says extracting clean energy from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) can potentially solve the dual challenge of disposing of India's ever-growing mounds of garbage and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. 

He says: "The demand from energy-guzzling sectors like transportation, and commitments to decarbonising energy consumption are driving the adoption of indigenous alternative fuels like bio-CNG."

With low emissions and fuel characteristics similar to those of conventional CNG, bio-CNG derived from organic waste emerges as a clean and renewable energy source. 

As urban India continues to generate large quantities of waste, the country’s policy framework on the production and consumption of bio-CNG rightfully taps into the massive energy-generating potential of waste. 

Only a few Indian cities have developed a sustainable supply-chain model for this fuel in a captive demand environment. Challenges such as feedstock procurement, financial support, pricing mechanism, and waste management ecosystem etc restrict the use of bio-CNG in mobility.


The full report, Waste to Wheel: Mainstreaming Bio-CNG for Mobility in Indian Cities, is available on Ola Mobility Institute's website.