●Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) Initiative
•The initiative is aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs
•Indian Oil, NTPC and SDMC have signed an MoU to develop a waste-to-energy facility at Delhi’s Okhla landfill site using gasification technology
•This plant will process 17,500 tons per annum of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) produced from combustible components of municipal waste to generate syngas which shall in turn be used to generate electricity
•Compressed Bio-Gas plants are proposed to be set up mainly through independent entrepreneurs
•Compressed Bio-Gas(CBG) produced at these plants will be transported through cascades of cylinders to the fuel station networks of OMCs for marketing as a green transport fuel alternative.
•The entrepreneurs would be able to separately market the other by-products from these plants, including bio-manure, carbon-dioxide, etc., to enhance returns on investment.
•This initiative is expected to generate direct employment for 75,000 people and produce 50 million tonnes of bio-manure for crops.
Benefits from converting municipal solid waste into CBG on a commercial scale:
•Responsible waste management, reduction in carbon emissions and pollution.
•Additional revenue source for farmers.
Boost to entrepreneurship, rural economy and employment.
•Support to national commitments in achieving climate change goals.
•Reduction in import of natural gas and crude oil.
•Buffer against crude oil/gas price fluctuations.