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Energy security and economics of Indian Biofuel Strategy in a global context
Energy security and economics of Indian Biofuel Strategy in a global context

1st August 2011

Topic(s): Renewables, Biofuels / Bioenergy, Economics, Policy, law and regulation

This paper - part of the ADB Economics Working Paper Series - examines India’s options for managing energy price risk in three ways: biofuel development, energy efficiency promotion, and food productivity improvements. The overall results suggest that biodiesel shows promise as a transport fuel substitute that can be produced in ways that fully utilize marginal agricultural resources and hence promote rural livelihoods. First-generation bioethanol, by contrast, appears to have a limited ability to offset the impacts of oil price hikes. Combining the biodiesel expansion policy with energy efficiency improvements and food productivity increases proved to be a more effective strategy to enhance both energy and food security, help mitigate climate change, and cushion the economy against oil price shocks.

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