While there were several developmental efforts with regard to
alternate energy in Karnataka in the past three decades, the formation of Task
Force on Bio-fuel in 2008 is undoubtedly a turning point and has resulted in
convergence & better coordination of efforts for bio-fuel development in
Karnataka. The initial thrust of the Task Force was to quickly finalize the
Karnataka Bio-fuel Policy that could have a great impact on bio-fuel
development in Karnataka. As a result, the new Karnataka Bio-fuel Policy was
announced in March, 2009 and has been well received.
The Task Force also took several initiatives to accelerate the
production of feedstock in the state while simultaneously creating small but
visible infra-structure that could induce faith amongst stakeholders in this
new era of bio-fuel development. The Task force has paid good dividends as
there is already a renewed interest in bio-fuel business in Karnataka. The
policy and the new initiatives have also generated considerable interest in
rest of India and even in other developing nations as is evidenced by the
communications being received by the Task Force.
The concerted efforts of the Task Force have resulted in planting
of 3 Crore saplings of TBO species since its inception. The Bio-fuel Park at
Hassan has received recognition as a novel project which can be emulated.
MGIRED at Jakkur near Bangalore also has played a pioneering role by its
studies & pilot plant scale facilities. In addition, six demonstration
units for biodiesel production have been commissioned which would act as nuclei
of development of this sector. With the announcement of the formation of the
Karnataka Bio-fuel Development Board, these activities can only go faster and