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    Toward a Sustainable Energy Matrix for Peru? / ¿Hasta nueva matriz de energía sostenible en el Perú?

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Because of their choice of headline (“IDB Support Creation of New Sustainable Energy Matrix in Peru”), most readers of the IDB’s press release on this loan might come away with the impression that the loan is mostly about the promotion of non-traditional renewable energy sources (wind power, small hydro, geothermal) and bioenergy.
    Read between the lines, […]

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    Brazil Sets New Records for Ethanol and Biodiesel

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

    The Brazilian government reports that its consumption and exports of ethanol set new records in 2008, as did the consumption and production of biodiesel.
    According to figures released by the Renewable Fuels Department of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Brazil produced 24.5 billion liters of ethanol in 2008, and exported 5.16 billion.  The principal […]

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    Nova Rede Brasileira de Pesquisa Sobre a Cadeia Produtiva do Biodiesel

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    Desde o Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq):
    Pesquisadores criam rede de pesquisa sobre a cadeia produtiva do biodiesel
    Biodiesel é um combustível obtido de misturas em diferentes proporções de diesel fóssil e alquilésteres de óleos vegetais ou gorduras animais, segundo a definição do Programa Brasileiro de Biodiesel. Este combustível, obtido com misturas nas proporções […]

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    FAO Calls for Review of the Risks & Opportunities of Biofuels / La FAO pide nueva revista de los riesgos y oportunidades de los biocombustibles

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Annual report weighs opportunities and risks of biofuels
    Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said today in a new edition of its annual flagship publication […]

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    The CEC’s “Annotated Bibliography” on Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Normally I would not stick an annotated bibliography in the Temas Recommended Reading List, much less do a review of the “bibliography.”  But the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released an “Annotated Bibliography on the Environmental Effects of Biofuels” that I find a bit unusual and noteworthy.
    It’s more like a review of […]

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    Brazil to Start Second Generation Biofuel Production by 2015

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The industrial director of Petrobras Biofuels recently declared that his company will enter into commercial production of second-generation biofuels by 2015.  The company is conducting priority research in cooperation with Petrobras Research (CENPRES) into developing cellulosic ethanol utilizing wastes such as sugarcane bagasse.  “This process will permit increasing production 60% using the […]

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    Transformando aceites usados a biodiesel / Transforming Used Oil into Biofuel

    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    The Provincial Organism for Sustainable Development (OPDS), the environment authority of the Province of Buenos Aires (PBA) has launched a program to collect used vegetable (cooking) oil (aceites vegetales usados – AVU) and recycling it by converting it into biodiesel for export.
    Used cooking oil has long been a waste disposal problem.  Many people — whether […]

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    CNPq vai investir R$ 22 milhões em biodiesel / CNPq to Invest R$22 Million in Biodiesel Production Research

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$22 million to stimulate research into improving biodiesel production.  The offering involves four different calls for proposals, and involves funds from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Fundo Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – FNDCT), CNPq’s Agro-business […]

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    Brazil Now Third Largest Biodiesel Producer

    Sunday, August 24th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Brazilian Presidency proudly proclaims that Brazil is now the third largest producer of biodeisel behind Germany and the US.
    Brazil now has 41 biodiesel production plants in commercial operation and 52 plants in the process of getting authorization from the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuel Agency (Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás […]

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    Colombian Palm Oil Industry Opts for Path to Certified Sustainable

    Thursday, July 17th, 2008

    Last week the group representing Colombia’s palm oil business, the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Palma de Aceite – Fedepalma), announced their adherence to the Principles and Criteria of the Zurich-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    The RSPO arose from a concept first proposed by WWF in 2001. […]

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