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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 […]

UNICA wants changes in the government’s energy policy and a direct dialogue with President Rousseff 2014/10 - SÃO PAULO, OCTOBER 27, 2014 – Elizabeth Farina, CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), said today that she hopes to have a direct exchange with newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff, thereby allowing Rousseff to fulfill the commitment she made in her first speech after re-election to be the President of the dialogue, of change […]

Pursuit of ideal conditions to resume Industry growth will be top priority for new UNICA CEO 2014/05 - The definition of success for Brazil’s sugar-energy industry in coming years is directly connected to identifying the right conditions to bring back investments and expand production. The statement came from the new CEO at the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), Elizabeth Farina, as she began her first day at the helm of the top organization […]

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association announces new CEO 2012/10 - São Paulo, October 3rd, 2012 – The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), has announced the appointment of University of São Paulo Economics Professor Elizabeth Farina as the organization’s new CEO. She replaces Economist and Agronomist Marcos Jank, who left the position in April, and technical director Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, the acting President since Jank’s […]

Congressional recess means the end of three decades of US tariffs on imported ethanol 2012/01 - Time for the world’s top two ethanol producers, the United States and Brazil, to lead a global effort for increased production and free, unobstructed trade for biofuels, says Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association For the first time in more than three decades of generous US government subsidies for the domestic ethanol industry, coupled with a steep […]

EU decision to hike out-of-quota sugar exports is ‘obvious breach’ of WTO commitment 2011/11 - SAO PAULO, November 28, 2011 – “The EU cannot behave as if the marketing year is suddenly 15 and not 12 months long. This is an illegal move that will most likely be questioned at the next agricultural committee meeting of the World Trade Organization.” With that reaction, the Head of International Affairs at the […]

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Applaud Senate Vote to End Import Tariff 2011/06 - WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2011 – The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s 73-27 vote on an amendment offered by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would end the ethanol tax credit and import tariff.  This statement should be attributed to Leticia Phillips, UNICA’s […]

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Respond to Senate Vote Preserving Import Tariff 2011/06 - WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2011 – The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s 40-59 vote against proceeding with consideration of an amendment offered by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would end the ethanol tax credit and import tariff created in 1980. This […]

New Global Website Presents Low-Carbon Solutions from Sugarcane 2011/06 - SAO PAULO, June 8, 2011 – Global energy needs are expected to double in the next three decades, pushing carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming higher by as much as 90%. These alarming figures press global leaders to search for low-carbon, renewable options to supply energy. With that in mind, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry […]

Obama visit to Brazil yields “encouraging” renewable fuels cooperation, according to Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association 2011/05 - WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2011 – Two important announcements involving renewable energy made on the opening day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s official visit to Brazil, both directly relevant to Brazil’s successful sugarcane ethanol industry, are encouraging signs that Brazil and the U.S. are on a path to achieve free, unobstructed trade for clean, renewable biofuels. […]


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