Mainstreaming bio-CNG for mobility in Indian cities

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.

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