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Biofuels and Sustainable Development: a Brazilian Perspective. Intergroup on Sustainable Development European Parliament Brussels, 27 March 2007 Marco Tulio S. Cabral. 1 – Introduction 2 – Ethanol 3 – Biodiesel 4 – Final remarks. 1 – Introduction Brazilian territory: 851 Mha

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Biofuels and Sustainable Development: a Brazilian Perspective

Intergroup on Sustainable Development

European Parliament

Brussels, 27 March 2007

Marco Tulio S. Cabral

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1 – Introduction

2 – Ethanol

3 – Biodiesel

4 – Final remarks

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1 – Introduction

  • Brazilian territory: 851 Mha
  • Pasture areas: 220 Mha
  • Cultivated agricultural land: 69 Mha
  • Potential for agricultural expansion 100 Mha (excluding the Amazon, Atlantic Forest, Pantanal and other preservation areas)
  • Growth in grains production 1990-2006: 109%
  • Growth in cultivated agricultural land 1990-2006: 24%

“AmazoniaLegal”

Source: INPE

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Amazonforest

Pantanal (wetlands)

Sugar-cane plantations

  • 2 – Ethanol
  • Sugar-cane plantations: 5.7Mha - 0,67% of the Brazilian territory (50% ethanol, 50% sugar)
  • Growth in sugar-cane productivity 1977-2001: 47%
  • Water: virtually no irrigation
  • Carbon balance: 80-90%
  • Avoided emissions: 33 Mt CO2/y
  • Fuel substitution: 40% of all gasoline
  • Power generation: 3GW in near future
  • Formal direct jobs: 500.000

Atlantic Forest

ApudCOELHO, S. 2005

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Ethanol production 2006/07: 17.8 Mm3

  • Ethanol exports 2005: 2.6 Mm3
  • Investments for 2010: US$ 10 billion
  • Additional ethanol production : 8 Mm3
  • Additional planted area: 2 Mha
  • Expansion: mainly pasture and other agricultural areas
  • No evidence of spill-over of pasture areas to other regions

High

Medium

Low

Improper

Potential for sugar cane production without irrigation – soil, climate and topography

(protection areas excluded)

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3 – Biodiesel

  • Targets: 2008 – 2% (0,8 million m³); 2013 – 5% (2,5 million m3)
  • Sources: soy (60%); castor (30%); palm;jatropha; sunflower; cotton; tallow
  • Main producers: Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia
  • Jobs: 29.000 small producers (NE)
  • Speculative scenario 2035:
  • 50 million m³, 20Mha (2,3% of territory)

Source: Ministry of Mines and Energy 2006

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4 – Final remarks

  • There are no simple solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and energy security
  • In Brazil, biofuels deliver significant emission reductions and contribute to energy security with limited (sometimes positive) local impacts
  • With increased productivity, significant growth in biofuels production can be achieved with limited expansion in cultivated area
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Thank you

Marco Tulio S. Cabral

Mission of Brazil to the European Communities

E-mail: [email protected]

URL: www.braseuropa.be

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