Marcos Jank — posted 2011-05-28
By 2050, the world’s population will grow by 40 percent and add another 2.5 billion people who will need to eat and power their lives. During the same time period, global energy needs will likely double. And unless current trends change, carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming could increase by 80 percent.
These alarming figures help explain why global leaders are searching for clean, renewable options to provide energy and reduce petroleum use. And in turn, this website is intended to explain how sugarcane can contribute solutions to many of these pressing challenges.
The Brazilian sugarcane industry decided to launch this new site to share knowledge and information with a growing global community of people who want to know how their food and energy choices affect our environment and people worldwide. And we did it specifically to provide information, new data and analysis about the efficiency and sustainability of sugarcane products including sugar, ethanol, bioplastics, bioelectricity and more.
We are excited to share what we know about this incredibly versatile plant and hope this website is a useful resource.
Knowing that you are one of many who look for research and insight to shape renewable energy policy and improve practice, we’ve built our site to make it much easier to find materials. As you navigate our pages you will see that we’ve also gathered information from other organisations whose perspectives inject new thinking into sustainability conversations.
We’ve also built a Global Agenda page to help you keep up to date on latest events that shape conversations on global renewable energy policy. Stay tuned in the coming months for new materials. We’ll add links to government policies or new research that we think will be of interest to you as it becomes available.
The launch of our website today coincides with the first day of the annual World Ethanol Summit in São Paulo. This year it’s about Solutions for a Low-Carbon Economy where we are going to be joined by nearly 1,000 participants to discuss the contribution of sugarcane products to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
That’s what this website is meant to draw attention to. The fact that this powerful plant – sugarcane – is grown in 100 countries and holds the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify energy supplies and create jobs.
We hope you enjoy using this new site. If you have any comments or feel that something’s missing, please do get in touch.