A qualified engineer with a specialization in chemical engineering, Mr Sandeep Chaturvedi now helms the Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) which is promoting the biodiesel industry in India. Considered an expert on biofuels, Mr Chaturvedi essayed a key role in formulating the National Biofuels Policy announced by the MNRE in December 2009.
An ardent environmentalist and a lover of all that is `green and clean’, Mr Chaturvedi has advised several states such as Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka on biodiesel plantation schemes. He was a special invitee at the Planning Commission of India during 2007-08 and helped in drafting the first policy document under the Chairmanship of Dr Kirit Parikh, then Member (Energy), of the Commission.
He has contributed immensely towards long-term policy planning and implementation in co-ordination with key players such as IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, RIL and Tata Chemicals, besides various national and state agencies. As a Member, State Level Co-ordination Committee for implementation of
Bioenergy in Uttar Pradesh, he has provided inputs for the state’s biofuels policy under the name of Jeevan Jyoti.
As a leading proponent of biofuels in the country, Mr Chaturvedi has the unique distinction of commercializing biodiesel in the country since 2003 and supplying it to the Indian Railways and IOCL in the year 2004. He has also conducted successful trials with HSRTC and IOCL during 2004-05.
He is also a member on various committees for pricing/implementation of biodiesel of MOPNG, Planning Commission of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and other national and state bodies.
In 2003, he had the unique distinction of leading a team of engineers/scientists for developing continuous cracking of esters of fatty acids finding applications in perfumery and high-end lubricants. He also provided key inputs to the Biodiesel Implementation Committee report dated January 2010 under the directive of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, and in co-ordination with OMCs such as IOCL, HPCL, BPCL, RIL and biodiesel manufacturers of the country.
A Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from the Bharati Vidya Peeth College of Engineering, University of Poona (Pune), Mr Chaturvedi has presented several national/international papers on oleo-chemicals/biofuels including that of ICILOR(Amsterdam-2003), Workshop on Biofuels by Technical University (Madrid-2004), UNDP (Paris-2008), OTAI (Mumbai-2003 and 2007), SEA (Ahmedabad- 2004) and NLGI (2004 and 2005).
He was the business head at GOCL between 1997-2008 where he developed specific products/applications for additives for paints, plasticizers, lubricating greases and perfumery. He developed business in several countries including in Russia, Greece, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the US and UK, central and east Europe, the Far East, Middle-East, China and South Africa by personally visiting and appointing agents/distributers there. He also developed exclusive products for Exxon, Shell and Elf Total Fina and Lubrizol, based on their application demands.
Presently, Mr Chaturvedi is an independent strategic consultant in the field of petroleum and renewable energy. He is a Member of the Biodiesel Implementation Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, 2010, and Member, Working Group on Pricing and Marketing of Biodiesel, MNRE, Government of India. He is also a strategic advisor to companies from India, the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
Sandeep Chaturvedi, President, Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI), and CEO, JSB Consultants