UNICA lauds CARB Recognition of Expanded Environmental, Low-Carbon Benefits from Sugarcane Biofuel

March 11, 2014

In response to proposed updates to the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Leticia Phillips, North America Representative for the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (known by the acronym “UNICA”), issued the following statement:

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Brazilian sugarcane producers applaud the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for once again declaring that sugarcane ethanol is one of the most environmentally friendly biofuels supplying today’s market.

Research unveiled today in CARB’s staff proposal to strengthen the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) provides new compelling evidence of the role sugarcane can play to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. This proposal moves California one step forward toward supporting a healthier, cleaner planet.

CARB’s proposal to revise indirect land-use change (ILUC) estimates in the LCFS shows the Brazilian sugarcane biofuel generates about half the indirect emissions that CARB originally suggested during its rulemaking process in 2009. If implemented, these revised ILUC estimates will confirm what numerous other studies have shown: sugarcane ethanol is one of the most environmentally friendly biofuels supplying today’s market.

UNICA welcomes CARB’s proposal to revisit its original estimates by putting science first. We look forward to providing detailed comments to this CARB proposal, as we have done in past.

California has always been a pioneer in clean energy policy, and today’s proposals reaffirms the state’s leadership role in establishing a cleaner, more sustainable world.

Proposed updates to the LCFS announced by CARB:

Previous comments submitted by UNICA to CARB proposals:
UNICA letter to CARB, submitted February 2009: http://bit.ly/1oIo43V
UNICA letter to CARB, submitted April 2009: http://bit.ly/1i2Oo89
UNICA Letter on LUC Developments for the LCFS: http://bit.ly/1lu7YLd


The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top producers of sugar and ethanol in the country’s South-Central region, especially in the state of Sao Paulo, which accounts for about 60% of the country’s sugarcane harvest and more than half of total ethanol production. UNICA develops position papers, statistics and specific research in support of Brazil’s sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. In the 2013/2014 harvest season, Brazil produced an estimated 595 million metric tons of sugarcane, which yielded 34 million tons of sugar and 25 billion liters of ethanol, making it the number-one sugarcane grower and sugar producer in the world as well as the second-largest ethanol producer on the planet.


North America:
Leticia Phillips
(202) 506-5299

CDN Corporate Communications – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Beth Alves
(5511) 3643-2707

Mariana Anauate
(5511) 3643-2730

SOURCE Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)

Source: PR Newswire

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