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Friends of the Earth Report on Biofuel Production Offers Incomplete, Outdated and Inaccurate Picture, According to Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
Date:9/11/2008

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- References to the Brazilian ethanol industry in the report "Fuelling Destruction in Latin America," distributed by the Amsterdam-based non-government organization Friends of the Earth, are based on out-of-context, inaccurate and generally outdated information that in no way reflects current biofuel production and use in Brazil. The assessment comes from Marcos Sawaya Jank, president of Brazil's top organization representing sugar and ethanol producers, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). Timed to coincide with today's announcement on the European Directive on Renewable Energy Sources by the European Parliament's ITRE (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) Committee, the report is an example of "how unprepared, or unwilling to properly process information that confronts their beliefs, some organizations are about topics they propose to analyse, in this case ethanol production and use in Brazil," said Jank.

Throughout the Friends of the Earth document, there are numerous factual errors and conclusions that bear little or no resemblance to the facts on the ground, according to UNICA. Sweeping statements, such as "Little progress has been made to make the Brazilian biofuels industry sustainable," are indicative of a pre-determined negative slant that defies long-standing facts and figures corroborated by respected global institutions and easily available to anyone conducting serious research.

"How is it possible to conclude that a sector has made little progress towards sustainability when that sector's activities are extremely positive on all fronts that define sustainability? From the most significant CO2 reduction of any biofuel produced in the world today, to a highly positive energy balance, to hundreds of thousands of jobs created, new technologies developed, and strong, visible and positive economic impacts throughout the economy, the production and use of Brazilian sugarcane
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