Events

Sugarcane Ethanol and Land Use in Brazil

April 28, 2008 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Environmental Change and Security Program
Latin American Program
Webcast
Available
Watch

A recent study sponsored by the German Marshall Fund and published in Science magazine has cast doubt on the environmental benefits of biofuels, calling attention to its potential negative impact when land-use is factored in the carbon emission equation. The study highlighted only one possible exception: ethanol from Brazilian sugarcane. According to the study, "the extraordinary productivity of Brazilian sugarcane merits special future analysis."

On April 25, as a part of a continuing Brazil Institute series of forums dedicated to biofuels production, economist André Nassar of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE) presented initial findings of a study on sugarcane expansion and land use in Brazil. Unlike other forms of biofuels, Brazilian ethanol derived from sugarcane does not pose a threat to either global food supplies or the environment, noted Nassar. During the past three decades, Brazil has become the world's fourth largest agricultural exporter while also leading the world in biofuels production. Nassar explained this phenomenon is a result of numerous factors, including the efficiency of sugarcane production and the abundance of available arable and non-forested land. Barbara Bramble of the National Wildlife Federation and Todd Johnson of the World Bank also participated in the discussion.

 
Event Speakers List: 
  • President, Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE)
  • Energy Specialist, The World Bank
  • Senior Program Advisor for International Affairs, National Wildlife Federation
Back to top
  

Upcoming Events

Experts & Staff

Wilson Center Photo Gallery

Browse or share photos from the Wilson Center’s events.

To Attend an Event

Unless otherwise noted:

Meetings listed on this page are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required unless otherwise noted. All meetings take place at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Please see map and directions. Allow time for routine security procedures. A photo ID is required for entry.

To confirm time and place, contact Maria-Stella Gatzoulis on the day of the event: tel. (202) 691-4188. Check this page for the latest updates and notices.