The sugar-energy sector will have to invest US$31 billion by 2030

The commitment to increase the share of ethanol in Brazil's energy matrix was discussed this Tuesday (23) during the 25th Fenasucro & Agrocana

23.08.2017 | 20:59 (UTC -3)
Samia Borges

The sugar-energy sector will have to invest US$31 billion for Brazil to increase the share of biofuels in its energy matrix from 6% to 18% by 2030. The estimate by CNI (National Confederation of Industry) in partnership with the National Sugar-energy Forum shows that the challenge is great, and the ways to overcome it were discussed on the second day of the 25th Fenasucro & Agrocana, during the content events.

This Tuesday (23), the highlight of the International Sugar Energy Technology Fair was the Agroenergy Producers Forum. Held by Orplana (Organization of Sugarcane Planters in the Center-South Region) and Datagro, and supported by Reed (organizer of FENASUCRO & AGROCANA), the event brought together experts and guests from Brazil and over 40 countries who debated new technologies in the field, processes that generate gains in planting and harvesting sugarcane, by-products and public policies aimed at the sector. "We bring together those at the base of the production chain to show the world that they have the solution for sustainable production in their hands", highlighted Plínio Nastari, president of Datagro.

For Brazil to fulfill the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made at COP-21 Paris (Conference of the Parties on Climate Change), in 2015, and reach 54 billion liters of ethanol per year in 2030 – doubling the current production - planning and research will be required. "It is necessary to invest in strategies such as the use of pre-sprouted seedlings and the rotation of sugarcane with food", said Ismael Perina, president of the Rural Union of Jaboticabal, one of the speakers at the Forum.

Solutions used in crops in Europe, the world's main sugar beet producer, were also presented at the event by experts from France and Germany. The technology of flex plants, which process sugarcane and corn, was also an alternative shown by producers in Mato Grosso do Sul.

Experts from IAC (Institute of Agricultural Economics), CTBE (National Laboratory of Bioethanol Science and Technology), Canaoeste (Association of Sugarcane Planters of the West of the State of São Paulo) and Socicana (Association of Sugarcane Suppliers of Guariba) also participated of the Forum panels.

Renovation

In addition to being a highlighted topic at the Agroenergy Producers' Forum, Renovabio - a Federal Government program that will enable the sugar-energy sector to achieve production targets by 2030 - was also discussed this Tuesday by UNICA (União da Indústria de Cana-de- Sugar) and CEISE Br, at the Bioelectricity Seminar, at the FENASUCRO & AGROCANA Industrial Knowledge Arena.

The event talked about market perspectives, biogas production and the importance of bioelectricity in the state. "It is fundamental for the growth of São Paulo and the country. It is necessary to expand and complement the production of biofuels", said the state's Secretary of Energy and Mining, João Carlos Meirelles, one of the speakers.

Term of Commitment

And this Tuesday, João Carlos Meirelles also signed, at FENASUCRO & AGROCANA, an agreement to promote diesel-gas technology in trucks in the sugar-energy sector. Signed with GasBrasiliano and São Martinho, the agreement provides for an evaluation, within 180 days, of the use of a truck with the conversion of a diesel engine to diesel-gas technology, which will be fueled with biomethane produced from vinasse sugarcane or CNG (Vehicle Natural Gas). "It is a milestone to encourage the use of renewable fuel also by plant trucks", said Walter Piazza Júnior, CEO of GasBrasiliano.

Fenasucro & Agrocana runs until Friday (25), at the Zanini Events Center, in Sertãozinho.


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