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2011-04-05 12:44:00

SAO PAULO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) announced today the appointment of David Thomas as its new Chief Lobbyist and Leticia Phillips as the organization's Representative for North America, both based at UNICA's Washington, D.C. office. They replace Joel Velasco, who left UNICA in January to become Senior Vice-President for External Relations at California Biotech Company Amyris. A seasoned strategist with almost two decades of...

2011-03-20 17:29:00

BRASILIA, Brazil, March 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Two important announcements involving renewable energy made on the opening day of U.S. President Barack Obama's official visit to Brazil, both directly relevant to Brazil's successful sugarcane ethanol industry, are encouraging signs that Brazil and the U.S. are on a path to achieve free, unobstructed trade for clean, renewable biofuels. The assessment came from the President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA),...

2011-03-02 16:20:38

Researchers have long promoted biofuels produced from crop biomass as an environmentally sustainable source of renewable energy. A recent study questions whether the potential climate benefit of sugarcane ethanol is diminished when emissions from land use management are considered. Scientists examined the sugarcane ethanol production systems to identify sources of greenhouse gas emissions. They found that land use change, fertilization, residue burning, and tillage had the largest impact on...

2011-02-22 15:57:00

SAO PAULO, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The third edition of one of the world's top events dedicated to renewable energies, with special focus on ethanol and other sugarcane by-products, is confirmed for June 6th and 7th. The Ethanol Summit, launched in 2007 and held every two years, is organized by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). The defining phrase adopted this year - "Solutions for a Low-Carbon Economy" - is emblematic of what the content of the event will be like...

2011-02-22 11:34:00

BELLE GLADE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The record breaking early freeze events and record cold temperatures for December 2010 wreaked havoc with the 2010-11 sugar cane crop's results knocking off estimated production by some 20%. Still unknown is what impact the freeze will have on next year's crop due to the uncertainty of the viability of the seed cane. The 114-day crop, the second shortest in Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative's 49 year history, rivals that of the 1970-71...

2011-02-10 15:43:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill has officially assumed sales and marketing for Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, (LSR) of which Cargill is one-third owner, and is shipping sugar to its customers. Cargill is the exclusive marketer of the industrial-use sugar produced by the refinery. "LSR is a key element in our sweetener supply strategy, and the LSR asset will fit nicely into the portfolio of products we bring to the market," said Alan Willits, president, Cargill Corn...

2011-02-03 19:01:14

From cellulose to sugar Food versus fuel -- this rivalry is gaining significance against a backdrop of increasingly scarce farmland and a concurrent trend towards the use of bio-fuels. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are helping to resolve this rivalry: They are working to effectively utilize residual field crop material "“ which has been difficult to use thus far "“ for the industrial production of bio-ethanol. They took a closer look at bacteria that...

2011-01-07 09:01:00

SAO PAULO, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) announced today that Joel Velasco, the organization's Washington, DC-based Chief Representative for North America, is leaving the position he has held since 2007, to join Amyris, Inc., as Senior Vice-President, External Relations. "Joel has provided UNICA with wise counsel, effective strategy and solid results. We wish him well at Amyris and will continue cooperating in the future, as...

2010-12-20 09:00:00

SAO PAULO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ceres, a leading developer of bioenergy crops, has appointed William Burnquist as the general manager of its operations in Brazil. An experienced leader in Brazil's sugarcane and ethanol sector, Burnquist will administer the day-to-day activities of the company's subsidiary, Ceres Sementes do Brasil Ltda., including local seed production and Ceres' network of sweet sorghum trials. Richard Hamilton, Ceres President and CEO, says that Burnquist's...

2010-12-15 15:51:00

SAO PAULO, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Following today's U.S. Senate decision (81-19) to approve an US$858 billion bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two years - a bill that maintains ethanol subsidies and a US$0.54 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is issuing the following statement. All remarks should be attributed to UNICA President Marcos Jank. "Despite calls from across the country - including nearly 100 newspaper...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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