Brazil’s Unica lauds environmental benefits of bioethanol buses

12 November 2009 17:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Brazil sugarcane association Unica on Thursday called for an increase in the use of biofuels for public transportation, saying bioethanol-powered buses could greatly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in large urban centres.

“Some 96,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions could be eliminated by replacing one thousand diesel-powered buses with models running on ethanol,” the association said.

“That’s the equivalent of emissions generated by 20,000 vehicles,” Unica said.

The association promoted Thursday’s delivery of a second ethanol bus to its hometown of Sao Paulo, which has a fleet of nearly 15,000 buses, according to government figures.

Unica said the new model will run on a blend of 95% ethanol and a 5% additive, which will be imported from Sweden, the association said.

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