Brazil’s flexible-fuel cars that use ethanol can help reduce CO2

10 April 2013 03:34  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--Brazil's increasing demand for flexible-fuel cars has been helping the country reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Brazilian sugarcane industry association UNICA said on Tuesday.

The use of flexible-fuel cars that consume largely ethanol helped Brazil prevent 190m tonnes of CO2 emission since 2003, UNICA said.

According to Rodrigo Lima, general manager at Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), Brazil needs to set compulsory goals for the future.

"Technologies such as ethanol and bioelectricity will be fundamental in this process," Lima said.

Brazil is ahead of other countries in using biofuels to neutralise  greenhouse gases (GHG), according to Alfred Szwarc, emissions and technology director at UNICA.

“But more public policies are fundamental to keep our country in the lead with the ethanol [usage],” he said.

According to Szwarc, ethanol causes less pollution compared with other oil derivatives, as it has no sulphur or benzene. 

Flexible-fuel cars were introduced in Brazil in March 2003.

Nearly 75% of new vehicles in the South American country are designed for up to 100% ethanol usage.

By: Leo Siqueira
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