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  • ECLAC on Elements for Formulating Public Policy on Biofuels

    Thursday, February 5th, 2009

    The biofuel programs in the developed countries — particularly those in the US and the European Union (EU) — represent a series of opportunities, challenges and risks for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  If biofuel production is to create economic growth in LAC nations without jeopardizing its natural capital and social […]

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    Brazil Defends Sugarcane Ethanol / Brasil defende etanol de cana-de-açúcar

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    From Brazil’s Nation Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES publishes book with unprecedented mapping of the ethanol sector
    Brazil is one of the most advanced countries in technology and productivity in all stages of the sugarcane ethanol production chain. The Brazilian experience shows that sugarcane bioethanol has become one of the most important responses to the growing need to […]

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    Guyana to Host Caribbean Bioenergy Seminar

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    To fully understand the antecedents for this seminar, check out prior posts on the IDB’s strategy for biofuels, the OAS’ renewed commitment to sustainable energy, and Guyana’s biofuel protential.
    From the Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA):
    Government to convene high-level bio-level seminar
    In light of recent reforms and growing interest in the production of bio-energy, Government will be […]

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    Chile Opts for Full Speed Ahead on Biofuels

    Friday, May 18th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Over three months after receiving cautions and recommendations from a special commission, President Bachelet and her cabinet have decided to forge ahead with the heavy promotion of biofuels production in Chile, particularly ethanol and biodiesel. As an initial step in implementing the new biofuels policy, the Economics Ministry has published for […]

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    Two ECLAC Technical Studies on Biofuels / Dos estudios técnicos de CEPAL sobre biocombustibles

    Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

    It’s the second week of December already, and I still have so many draft posts in the queue from this autumn (Sept.-Nov.) that I really should finish and publish, so don’t be surprised if entries start coming fast-and-furious, particularly shorter ones briefly presenting and/or commenting on studies and reports pertinent to environmental, health or consumer […]

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    A Sustainable Energy Plan for Brazil?

    Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

    The Government’s Energy Vision
    Last Wednesday Brazil’s Energy Research Corporation (EPE) released the National Energy Plan 2030, the government’s blueprint for energy development for the next 24 years. The EPE is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), charged with energy planning.
    The principal theme of the plan can be found in its […]

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    Biofuel Giant to Invest in Chile

    Saturday, November 18th, 2006

    The German sugar giant Südzucker recently announced it plans to invest heavily in biofuel production in Chile. According to a report in the Chilean news daily El Mercurio, Südzucker would create a Chilean facility of its CropEnergies subsidiary, which currently runs the largest bioethanol facility in Europe. Südzucker opened a plant in Region […]

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