A cautious welcome to the agreed Renewable Energy Directive 2018/10 - Brussels and São Paulo, 15 June 2018 — UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, issued a cautious welcome to the agreed Renewable Energy Directive. After months of intense negotiations, the European Parliament and Member States have come to an agreement that improves the initial Renewable Energy Directive proposal. Both have recognised that transport needs to […]

Sugar subsidy policies in Pakistan and India raise concern among Brazilian farmers 2018/04 - São Paulo, April 2018 – The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is concerned with the increase of sugar exports from Pakistan, which are subsidized by the local government.  This kind of action causes distortion in international commercial practices and directly impacts the price of the product, which has been falling again since January 2017. According to United […]

Council’s decision on RED II – Member States afraid of their own ambitions toward decarbonizing transport 2017/12 - São Paulo and Brussels, 19 December 2017 —The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) welcomes the decision reached by the EU Energy Ministers on 18 December 2017 to set a Member State binding target of renewable energy in the transport sector of 14% by 2030. Although the actual target should be closer to 20% in order […]

Brazilian Sugarcane Biofuel Producers Applaud Increased EPA Support for Advanced Renewable Fuels 2017/12 - The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (known by the acronym “UNICA”) today commented on the final 2017 renewable fuel standards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The association’s statement should be attributed to UNICA’s President, Elizabeth Farina. “Brazil’s sugarcane ethanol producers applaud EPA for its continued leadership and support of advanced renewable fuels. By setting a higher final […]

UNICA disappointed by ENVI vote on the RED II proposal 2017/10 - São Paulo and Brussels, 26 October 2017—The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association – UNICA – has expressed its disappointment with the vote of the Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament on biofuels that took place on Monday 23 October. In its vote, the committee moved to reduce the cap on most crop-based biofuels further from […]

Unica Joins Global Renewable Fuels Alliance 2017/07 - On July, 13th, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) welcomes UNICA and President, Elizabeth Farina as its newest member. “Brazil is truly a trailblazer in the global biofuels industry, not only as one of the world’s largest producers of biofuels, but one of the first,” said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA. “As the largest […]

The Commission’s proposal fails to keep in the market sustainable biofuels that truly reduce GHG emissions 2016/11 - BRUSSELS/SÃO PAULO (NOVEMBER 30, 2016) – UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, issued the following statement on the proposal for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in the period post-2020 published today as part of the Clean Energy for All Package: “The Commission falls short of making an effective differentiation between types of […]

UNICA regrets the Commission’s black and white approach to biofuels in the Communication on low-emission mobility 2016/07 - BRUSSELS/SÃO PAULO – 20 July, 2016. Today the European Commission published a Communication on low-emission mobility which lays down its vision and strategy for transport over the next few decades. While the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) acknowledges the Commission’s clear support signal towards advanced biofuels – as they certainly represent one way forward to […]

UNICA: Now it’s time to think about a post-2020 biofuels policy 2015/04 - BRUSSELS/SAO PAOLO (14 APRIL 2015) – UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, issued the following statement on the European Parliament Environment Committee’s vote on the compromise text agreed by the Council on 1 April 2015 on the issue of indirect land use change, or ILUC: “UNICA is glad that the process is finally coming to […]

UNICA pleased with Environment Committee support for Bioethanol 2015/02 - BRUSSELS/SAO PAOLO (FEBRUARY 24, 2015) – UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, issued the following statement on the European Parliament Environment Committee’s second reading vote today on biofuels and the issue of indirect land use change, or ILUC: “UNICA congratulates European Members of the European Parliament for confirming the need to promote biofuels which have […]


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