Government Imposing Biofuel E5 On The Mauritian Population?

New project of the government – imposing fuel E5 on the people. E5 is a mix of 5 % of ethanol in petrol. This is not going to be given as a choice: people will not get to choose between E5 and what they normally have as fuel. The government argues that if people were allowed to choose between options, they would most probably go for the regular petrol. Furthermore, E5 would only allow around 20 cents to be saved. Obviously, not everyone is happy with the new E5 project.

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Many countries across the world are using bio-fuels, namely Brazil, the United States, the EU, Canada, India, Thailand, and Australia. Bio-fuels are environment-friendly, and thus much better than the regular fuel which does considerable harm to the environment. In today’s fast-globalizing context, where the environment has been dealt a severe blow by the new lifestyles people have adopted worldwide, it is getting more and more desperate to come up with initiatives which alleviate the suffering nature has been made subject to. Bio-fuels are thus being hailed as one of the answers to this problem. While most countries who use the ethanol mix as fuel in moderate amounts – 18 to 25 % of ethanol in the mix – Brazil went even further by having flex-vehicles on their roads. Flex-vehicles have been designed to use 95 % ethanol with 5 % water.

Will the decision be implemented? Nothing is confirmed yet. But, it seems like the government is pretty serious about this measure. If the people are reluctant about it, they will now have no choice, or will they? Biofuels are definitely good for the environment. Additionally, it can also become the preferred choice because of its potential to have much reduced prices as compared to the regular fuels. In the long-term, it is expected to reap much benefits.

Many other countries have taken to this method. Swalay Kasenally, the ex minister of Energy commented on this situation, saying that the European Union is all for the new measure. The EU has even blocked funds of 4 millions euros which will only be waived if the government finalizes the use of ethanol as fuel.

If this measure is actually put into force, E5 will only be available after six months’ time. While the project yet has to be finalized, the distillery Omnicane cannot as yet produce the ethanol that would be required for the engines.

In Mauritius, green fuels are now emerging. Two possible sources of bio-fuels are sugarcane and the “fatak”, both quite common on the island. The by-products resulting from the processing of sugarcane can be recycled to yield the biofuel. This process provides double benefits: the making of bio-fuel while simultaneously recycling by-products of sugarcane processing. Furthermore, in the long-term, as the dependence on fossil fuels is expected to decrease, the positive effects will be reflected in the country’s economy as less money will be spent on imports of fuel. If the country were to produce its own fuel, the economy would also be greatly boosted as manufacturing factories would have to be opened which would generate a number of jobs.

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