24 February 2012 20:56 [Source: ICIS news]
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--The sustainability and competitiveness of sugarcane-based products represent a commercial opportunity for Brazil and Finland to reinforce their cooperation agreements in the sector, a Brazilian trade group said on Friday.
"Besides areas like education and tourism, Brazil and Finland have a great aptitude regarding clean and renewable energy. Brazil is one the world's largest biofuel producers while Finland has the leadership for technology in this sector," said Marcos Jank, president of UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane trade group.
The executive presented the benefits of sugarcane-based products for Finland during an event that attracted representatives from both countries on 16 February in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Along with Sweden and Norway, Finland have been increasing the use of ethanol for its automobile fleet, UNICA said.
According to Jank, the Brazilian sugarcane industry is responsible for 25% and 20% of sugarcane and ethanol that is produced in the world.
Jank said the development of new technologies has been accelerating the use of sugarcane for the fabrication of bioplastics and renewable kerosene to the aviation industry.
The executive said Brazil needs to increase its sugarcane milling capacity from 555m tonnes to 1.2bn tonnes by 2020 in order to meet both domestic and international demand for ethanol and sugar in the upcoming years.
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