CIBART is planning to set up Bio CNG units in the NCR region that will utilize post-harvest crop residue agri-waste as biomass feedstock. At present, agri-waste is burnt in order to clear the field and prepare it for planting the next crop. This is one of the major sources of air pollution especially during winter. About 40 tons off biomass per day will be needed to produce 5 tons of 2G Bio-CNG gas per day (14,600 tons/year). In addition, the plant will produce 20 tons per day of compost that can be used for fertilizing fields or made into briquettes for use as fuel.

IFFCO/IFFDC has 36,000 farmer cooperatives, which likely includes farmer cooperatives in the NCR region states. The farmer cooperatives in the Delhi-NCR region would be able to organize the collection and transportation of crop residue agri-waste to the factory gate. GAIL/IGL would be contacted and included in the group as the potential buyer of Bio-CNG produced. GAIL/IGL are committed to helping reduce the air pollution due to burning of agri-wastes. This would be confirmed in a separate meeting. GAIL/IGL should have a CSR programme too.

NTPC has committed to purchasing biomass briquettes made from crop agri-waste to help reduce air pollution. It has a CSR programme that could be tapped. They had offered to set up and operate a 1 MW biomass gasifier power plant provided we were able to assure availability of adequate biomass.

CIBART is also planning to set up a 400 acre bamboo plantation for producing 40 tons biomass/day. As a mini-forest, this would help enhance the quality of the local environment, reducing air pollution, sequestering CO2 and releasing O2, and increasing rainwater capture and recharge.

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