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La industria de biocombustibles en Uruguay: situación actual y perspectivas


  • Gustavo Bittencourt

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Nicolás Reig Lorenzi

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)


The paper studies the present situation of the biofuels industry in Uruguay and its possible perspectives. The development of this type of industry is a feasible option for the long run, in order to decrease the deep concentration of the energetic matrix and the high dependency from imported energetic sources. Nowadays, these activities are in the initial stages in the fields of production, regulation and promotion. Therefore, the medium and long run perspectives show certain degree of uncertainty, with positive factors but also limitations. Among the good aspects are the existence of natural comparative advantages and the legal framework. The more noticeable limitations are the problems in the availability of raw materials and the lack of development of the technological and logistic activities related with the production and trading processes. Besides this, other important issues are the institutional organization of the market and its operation, the configuration of precise and permanent rules of the game, and the deep exploration of possible regional complementarities, specially with Brazil. The idea is to benefit from the improvements in the scale and technology of these agroindustrial chains.

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  • Gustavo Bittencourt & Nicolás Reig Lorenzi, 2009. "La industria de biocombustibles en Uruguay: situación actual y perspectivas," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 1109, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:1109

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    1. Diana Córdoba & Marta Chiappe & Jesse Abrams & Theresa Selfa, 2018. "Fuelling Social Inclusion? Neo†extractivism, State–Society Relations and Biofuel Policies in Latin America's Southern Cone," Development and Change, International Institute of Social Studies, vol. 49(1), pages 63-88, January.
    2. Cremonez, Paulo André & Feroldi, Michael & Feiden, Armin & Gustavo Teleken, Joel & José Gris, Diego & Dieter, Jonathan & de Rossi, Eduardo & Antonelli, Jhonatas, 2015. "Current scenario and prospects of use of liquid biofuels in South America," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 352-362.

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    biofuels; energy matrix; biodiesel; ethanol; biomass; MERCOSUR.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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