The Sustainability of Brazilian Sugarcane Bioethanol

    This report is a literature review into the sustainability of Brazilian sugarcane based bioethanol. An LCA analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and an energy balance was conducted. An LCA analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and an energy balance was conducted. Other impact categories investigated included production, biodiversity, air and water pollution, soil erosion, economic impacts, food versus fuel and social impacts. The review found that bioethanol from Brazilian sugarcane is sustainable; subject to some qualifiers. The full report is available from EECA or by contacting the author

    Prepared by AgriLINK NZ and AERU (Lincoln University) (2008)

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