Brazil looks for global ethanol growth opportunities - UNICA exec

06 May 2013 14:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Brazil, the world's biggest ethanol exporter, is looking for other opportunities worldwide to increase production, an executive at the nation's sugarcane industry group UNICA said on Monday.

"New varieties of sugarcane and modern production technologies ... will allow an increase in production", said Alfred Szwarc, emissions and technology consultant at UNICA.

According to Szwarc, the addition of second generation cellulosic ethanol technology to first generation production may double Brazil's current production.

"The growth of production is, in the case of [the] domestic market, connected to the establishment of public policies that bring more commercial competitiveness for the new investments that will be made", he said.

For the international market, Szwarc said Brazil still "depends of the creation of new markets and of the elimination of barriers to its exports".

Brazil has become the main supplier to the US.

According to Szwarc, UNICA expects Brazil to export 2.5bn litres of ethanol for the US in 2013.

"With the development of the second generation ethanol market in Brazil starting in 2014, we will have new exporting opportunities to meet American demand for 'advanced cellulosic ethanol," he said.

US demand for "advanced cellulosic ethanol" in 2014 should reach 6.6bn litres, according to the executive, and should increase gradually to 60.6bn litres by 2022.

UNICA was the IndyCar ethanol supplier for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in 2010, along with investment agency Apex-Brasil. "For that race, UNICA supplied 9,251 litres of ethanol, said Adhemar Altieri, communications director for the industry group. He said the ethanol IndyCar uses is the same as Brazilians use in their cars.

The series uses Brazilian ethanol in most of its circuits.

By: Leo Siqueira
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