The use of anhydrous and hydrous ethanol in Brazil has avoided the emission of over 300 million tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past 12 years, from March 2003 to May 2015, according to Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (Unica). According to the entity, to achieve the same reduction with growing trees would be necessary to plant and maintain over 20 years over 2,1 billion native plants.
The calculation was performed by Carbonômetro, tool created by Unica to track the amount of pollutant that is no longer issued with the use of ethanol in flex-fuel vehicles. According to the association, the use of biofuels helped mitigate more carbon dioxide than the sum of the annual emissions of Argentina (190 million tons), Peru (53,1 million tons), Ecuador (35,7 million tons ), Uruguay (7,8 million tons) and Paraguay (5,3 million tons).
“The reduction is quite significant. The data are of the same order of magnitude as the annual emission of carbon dioxide in Poland (317 million tons), country considered one of the world emitters of greenhouse gases”, said in a statement the consultant in Emissions and Technology of Unica, Alfred Szwarc.
“The Brazilian biofuel remains subject to tariff barriers in several countries, mainly in the European Union. It is incomprehensible that this occurs at the time when the world search for environmentally sustainable solutions and ethanol could be used on a larger scale”, he adds.