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Sustainability of Brazilian bioethanol
Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University
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The Dutch society recognizes the need for sustainable production and use of biomass. As Brazil is one of the most likely countries to export bioethanol from sugar cane to the Netherlands, the sustainability of Brazilian bioeethanol is the main topic of this report. The main objective of this report was a comparison of Dutch sustainability criteria and the current Brazilian practice, and quantification of the consequences for ethanol production in terms of production method and production costs if these sustainability criteria are applied. To this end, the Dutch sustainability demands for bioethanol were investigated, including stakeholder consultation in the Netherlands (NGO’s, industry), and an extensive assessment of the current ecological, economic and social impacts of ethanol production based on sugar cane in Brazil was carried out.
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