Ethanol from sugarcane is one of the most effective biofuels in the world in terms of emission reduction. According to the 2009 report “Assessing Biofuels” by United Nations Environment Programme “Ethanol can lead to emissions reductions of more than 70 per cent when substituted for petrol, as is being done currently in Brazil”. If the sugarcane is grown and processed correctly, it has a “negative emission” effect, pulling CO2 out from the atmosphere, rather than adding it. Umoe Bioenergy strongly believes that using ethanol from sugarcane is one of the most effective ways to reduce emissions from transport. The combination of productive land and efficient feedstock makes the Brazilian sugar cane ethanol a good and sustainable renewable energy solution.
Today, more than 50 % of Brazilian car fuel comes from the sugarcane ethanol industry in Brazil . The Brazilian demand is expected to grow well in the years to come, driven by accelerated sales of flex fuel cars. The ethanol industry uses only 1,5% of total arable land in Brazil to produce more than 50% of total fuel consumed. In comparison 48% of total arable land is used as pasture land.
Umoe Bioenergy does not affect deforestation in the Amazonas. Our operations are situated approximately 2500 km from the Amazonas rainforest, which equals the distance of Oslo-North Africa.