Brazilian ethanol pollutes less than assumed – study

Researchers have developed a carbon equivalent emissions calculation that takes into account the specific characteristics of the soil in sugarcane plantations in the Center-South of Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian ethanol produced from sugarcane is even more sustainable than previously thought, according to a study coordinated by the National Center for Energy and Materials Research.

CNPEM researchers, in collaboration with the Agronomy Institute of Campinas (IAC), have developed a new model for calculating the so-called carbon equivalent that considers the specific characteristics of the soil of sugarcane plantations in the country.

Today, the standard proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is used to calculate carbon equivalent emissions. This model is based on data collected in temperate climate soils, says CNPEM researcher . . .

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