Publications | ELLA
2
Oct
2013
GUIDE

The Story of Brazil’s Ethanol Programme

Energy insecurity in the 1970s led the Brazilian government to drive forward the development of the world’s strongest national biofuels industry. So just how has Brazil become the world’s largest producer of sugarcane ethanol and what lessons can the country’s experience provide for other regions?

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24
May
2013
BRIEFS

Sugarcane Agro-ecological Zoning: Greening the Expansion of Ethanol

As ethanol production becomes increasingly lucrative, how can nations ensure that expansion is environmentally sustainable? Brazil’s experiment with sugarcane agro-ecological zoning may provide some answers.

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20
Mar
2013
BRIEFS

Government Intervention to Strengthen the Ethanol Sector: Lessons from Brazil

The scale of Brazil’s ethanol production, demand and competitiveness is largely attributable to government initiatives. The varying levels of success of such initiatives can provide interesting lessons for other countries.

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3
Oct
2012
BRIEFS

Brazil’s Efforts to Mitigate the Environmental Impacts of Ethanol Production

As the sustainability of ethanol production continues to be a hot question, Brazilian attempts to improve an environmentally inefficient production process could provide pointers for those dealing with similar challenges in other countries.

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10
Sep
2012
BRIEFS

From Manual to Mechanical Harvesting: Reducing Environmental Impacts and Increasing Cogeneration Potential

Mechanisation of sugarcane harvesting in Brazil has been shown to decrease environmental impacts and waste, while also increasing efficiency, energy cogeneration and thus sector profits and national energy security. Learning from Brazil’s years of trial-and-error, other countries could build an ethanol production system with these benefits from the outset.

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