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The Brazilian biofuels industry

Authors
  • Goldemberg, José1
  • 1 Institute of Electrotechnics and Energy, University of São Paulo, Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, São Paulo, SP 05508-010, Brazil , São Paulo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biotechnology for Biofuels
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
1
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1754-6834-1-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Ethanol is a biofuel that is used as a replacement for approximately 3% of the fossil-based gasoline consumed in the world today. Most of this biofuel is produced from sugarcane in Brazil and corn in the United States. We present here the rationale for the ethanol program in Brazil, its present 'status' and its perspectives. The environmental benefits of the program, particularly the contribution of ethanol to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, are discussed, as well as the limitations to its expansion.

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