Brazilian sugarcane ethanol production is sustainable

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The agricultural and industrial phases of sugar and ethanol production in a Brazilian sugarcane processing mill were closely watched by the Business Director of the Brazilian Export Promotion Agency - Apex Brasil, Rogerio Bellini and the Executive Manager of the Brazilian Business Affairs (BBA) office, Rui Faria Cunha.
BBA is a joint office between Apex-Brasil and the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI), set up to follow European regulations and trends that could affect Brazilian exports, as well as represent and support Brazilian industry in the European Union.
The visit to the São José Mill, part of the Zilor Group, was organized by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (Unica) on August 11. “Anyone wishing to learn more about the sugarcane industry in Brazil will quickly conclude that ethanol is sustainably produced and does not cause deforestation in the Amazon,” said Cunha, who traveled from Brussels (Belgium) to the city of Macatuba, located in the State of São Paulo, to visit the mill.
“One of the goals of the project developed by Apex-Brasil in partnership with Unica is to disseminate the production of clean and renewable energy while promoting innovation, job creation and technological development of companies such as the São José Mill,” said Bellini. “Brazil has a lot to offer in this field, with the flexibility to produce bioelectricity, sugar and ethanol at the same industrial plant, using nearly all of the raw material provided by sugarcane,” he added.
Visitors to the mill were shown the mechanical harvesting process for sugarcane as well as the different industrial phases involved in transforming sugarcane into sugar, bioelectricity and fuel.