06 June 2011 19:57 [Source: ICIS news]
SAO PAULO, Brazil (ICIS)--The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (Unica) opened its 2011 ethanol summit on Monday, advocating for sugarcane ethanol as a more environmentally friendly fuel and for wider use as a plastics feedstock.
The event drew 2,000 delegates to ?xml:namespace>
The site is intended to explain how sugarcane can contribute to solve or reduce the impact of many of the pressing challenges the world is facing, Unica said.
"We decided to launch this new site to share knowledge and information with a growing global community of people who want to know how their food and energy choices affect our environment and people,” said Unica president Marcos Jank.
Unica also touted improvements made in the harvesting process of sugarcane in the centre-south region of
Mechanised harvesting is considered more environmentally friendly because it does not involve burning of sugarcane fields.
The centre-south region accounts for 90% of
Unica also promoted the opening of new markets for the biofuel, including the introduction of “green” polyethylene (PE), which Brazilian petrochemical maker Braskem began producing in September 2010.
"Sugarcane by-products are efficient and sustainable solutions that can replace gasoline, diesel, plastics and beyond that...," Jank said.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was expected to speak at the opening ceremony at the event, but she cancelled the trip because of a meeting with
The official, who spoke on behalf of Rousseff, said
The official also called for an end to trade restrictions on ethanol, saying the biofuel must have the same freedom of trade as crude oil.
Ethanol must become a global commodity, he told delegates.
The 2011 ethanol summit opened on Monday and will close on Tuesday.
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