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Practical implementation of liquid biofuels: The transferability of the Brazilian experiences


  • Alonso-Pippo, Walfrido
  • Luengo, Carlos A.
  • Alonsoamador Morales Alberteris, Lidice
  • García del Pino, Gilberto
  • Duvoisin, Sergio


The main purpose of this paper was to carry out a systematic analysis of the particularities and trends pertaining to the development of biofuels in Brazil—a country which has demonstrated its leadership in this field during the last 40 years. The Brazilian experiences with biofuels are often used as references for decision making by other developed and developing countries. The transferability of Brazil's biofuels practices would be appreciated by many researchers and energy policy markers across the world. This work uses an adapted 5W2H (what, when, where, why, who, how, and how much) analysis technique to answer a variety of questions about the subject. The data, facts, and figures herein are offered as resources for other researchers and policy makers seeking benchmarking. Also, this work discusses the main certainties and uncertainties of the sugarcane agro-industry, and also goes into detail about the ethanol supply chain structure, its management, and particularities. Finally, this research analyzes the central aspects of biofuels implementation in Brazil, lists the most important aspects to consider during a selection of possible standard biofuels, and presents the main aspects of the National Program of Biodiesel Production and its sustainability.

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  • Alonso-Pippo, Walfrido & Luengo, Carlos A. & Alonsoamador Morales Alberteris, Lidice & García del Pino, Gilberto & Duvoisin, Sergio, 2013. "Practical implementation of liquid biofuels: The transferability of the Brazilian experiences," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 70-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:70-80
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.04.038

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    1. Dorel Dusmanescu & Jean Andrei & Gheorghe H. Popescu & Elvira Nica & Mirela Panait, 2016. "Heuristic Methodology for Estimating the Liquid Biofuel Potential of a Region," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(9), pages 1-19, August.


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