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The Brazilian Experience

In the past 30 years, Brazil has become a leader in renewable energy. In this section, you’ll learn the secrets behind Brazil’s successful use of sugarcane to reduce oil dependency, increase energy security and contribute to a thriving economy.

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Nearly half of Brazil’s energy comes from renewable sources. Sugarcane is the number one source of renewable energy in Brazil and supplies almost 17 percent of the country’s total energy consumption.

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Innovative Transportation Fleet

Flex fuel vehicles that can run on either gasoline or ethanol account for 90 percent of new car sales in Brazil. That means Brazilian consumers have a choice at the pump, and they’ve chosen to replace almost 40 percent of the country’s gasoline needs with sugarcane ethanol.

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Impact on Brazil's Economy

Sugarcane's contribution to economic growth and creating good jobs - by the numbers.

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Reduced Emissions

Since 2003, Brazil's use of sugarcane ethanol has avoided more than 350 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That's as good for the environment as planting and maintaining 2.5 billion trees for 20 years!

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Commitment to Sustainability

The Brazilian sugarcane industry is committed to sustainable development and good stewardship of the country's vast resources.

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Fair Pricing

An innovative sugarcane payment system known as Consecana helps ensure good relationships between growers and millers.

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Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive – the final call

On 17 May representatives of the European Parliament, member states and the European Commission will meet to negotiate the provisions on biofuels in REDII. This might be the last chance to find a compromise that ensures the future of a technology that is critical to reduce carbon emissions in transport.

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