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Ethanol use for public transportation is crucial to reducing CO2 emissions

One third of the world’s energy is used for transportation, mainly in cars, and practically all of it comes from petroleum products. This estimate was presented by physicist, professor at USP (São Paulo University) and former minister of the Environment, José Goldemberg, on June 7th during the Ethanol Summit held in São Paulo.

“If we want to point out a villain responsible for the environmental crisis we face today, it is individual transportation,” stated the former minister. He believes that substituting a portion of the gasoline we consume with ethanol is a way to continue using our automobiles and still be able to guarantee tolerable environmental conditions in the future.

Faced with a constant increase in the worldwide fleet of leisure vehicles, Jason Clay, vice-president of WWF (World Wildlife Fund), raised the question of our need to change this model, which according to him is not sustainable. “Can we allow China or India to have a billion cars?” he questions.

According to Jonas Stromberg, director of sustainable solutions for Scania, it is time to stop talking and start doing something to eliminate CO2 emissions resulting from our transportation needs and our dependence on petroleum as well.

“We have to get people out of their cars and on public transportation, which should run on Biofuels. We can do this today – we don’t need to wait 10 years,” he suggested.

Christopher Podgorski, vice-president of Scania Latin America, spoke of the importance of Biofuels. “Biofuels are economically viable from a global viewpoint today. We are all concentrating on creating a transportation system which is more sustainable. It will be crucial to have synergy between companies, governments and producers.”

Utilization of ethanol in public transportation fleets was indicated as one of the main solutions for reducing vehicle CO2 emissions, and is already being discussed in many countries around the globe.

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