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Bitter sweet: How sustainable is bio-ethanol production in Brazil?

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  • Azadi, Hossein
  • de Jong, Sanne
  • Derudder, Ben
  • De Maeyer, Philippe
  • Witlox, Frank
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    While biofuels have currently been regarded as a good alternative for fossil fuels, there remain many debates on their impacts on human and environment. This paper tried to shed light on bio-ethanol in Brazil as one of the main producers and exporters in the world. The main question was to understand “how sustainable is bio-ethanol production in Brazil?” To answer, the political motives of producing bio-ethanol followed by its ecological and socio-economic impacts were discussed. The paper concluded that although bio-ethanol production in Brazil seems environmentally friendly, it might socio-economically be hazardous.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 3599-3603

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:16:y:2012:i:6:p:3599-3603
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2012.03.015
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