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Wednesday 14 May, 2008

UNICA - Brazil's Sugarcane Ind

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Launch...

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 14 /PRNewswire/ --

    In order to better contribute to the ongoing debate on ethanol and
climate change and in line with its global strategy, the Brazilian Sugarcane
Industry Association (UNICA) has opened an office in Brussels and appointed a
European Representative. The move follows the opening of an office in
Washington D.C. in late 2007.

    At a time when the EU is looking to sustainably reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions, UNICA believes sugarcane ethanol is well-placed to be a key part
of the solution. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to
gasoline and is environmentally and economically viable without subsidies.
Sugarcane ethanol has been in large-scale commercial use in Brazil since the
mid 1970s, and is by far the most successful and efficient known feedstock
for the production of ethanol.

    According to UNICA International Advisor Geraldine Kutas, given Brazil's
strong position on the ethanol market, the organisation's presence in Europe
"will ensure stakeholder dialogue on all aspects of sugarcane ethanol
production, including the socio-economic and environmental contributions of
sugarcane, ethanol and bioelectricity".

    UNICA's newly-appointed representative Emmanuel Desplechin, who brings
several years of experience working with ethanol, added: "Sugarcane ethanol,
produced with environmental and social care, will quickly become a global
energy commodity. Sugarcane production can boost economies in developing
nations and contribute significantly in the search for solutions to the
global challenges of energy security and climate change".


    The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top
producers of sugar and ethanol in the country's South-Central region,
especially the state of Sao Paulo, the heart of the sugarcane industry. Along
with its 110 member companies, UNICA provides information on the sector,
including statistics and specific research, and enters into dialogue with
stakeholders in support of Brazil's sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity
sectors. Its member companies account for more than 60% of Brazil's sugarcane
harvest. In 2007/08, Brazil produced 487 million metric tons of sugarcane,
which yielded 30.6 million tons of sugar and 22 billion liters of ethanol -
second only to the United States in total ethanol production.


    Michael Stanton-Geddes
    Fleishman-Hillard EU
    Brussels, Belgium
    [email protected]
    T. +32(0)2-282-09-73
    F. +32(0)2-230-57-06

    Adhemar Altieri
    Corporate Communications Director
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    [email protected]
    T. (+55-11)-3093-4949
    F. (+55-11)-3812-1416

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