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Sugarcane Ethanol Contributions to Climate Change Mitigation and the Environment

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Sugarcane Ethanol Contributions to Climate Change Mitigation and the Environment

Peter Zuurbier and Jos van de Vooren

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Author(s): Peter Zuurbier and Jos van de Vooren

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Climate change is a challenge facing human life. It will change mobility and asks for new energy solutions. Bioenergy has gained increased attention as an alternative to fossil fuels. Energy based on renewable sources may offer part of the solution. Bio ethanol based on sugar cane offers advantages to people, the environment and the economy. Not surprisingly, governments currently enact powerful incentives for the development and exploitation of bio ethanol.

However, every inch we come closer to this achievement, evokes more scepticism. Many questions are raised relating to whether sugar cane is really a sustainable solution. Still much is unknown about the net release of carbon dioxide and what the impacts of sugar cane expansion are on green house gas emissions.

This book looks at the scientific base of the debate on sugar cane bio ethanol. Authors from Europe, Brazil and the USA capture many aspects of what is known and address assumptions while not denying that still much is unknown. It covers impacts on climate change, land use, sustainability and market demands. This publication discusses public policy impacts, technology developments, the fuel-food dilemma and the millennium development goals. This makes this publication unique and extremely relevant for policymakers, scientists and the private energy sector worldwide.

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Author Peter Zuurbier and Jos van de Vooren
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown (W x H x D)
Extent 256pp
ISBN 9789086860906
Publication date 2008
Book Type Softcover


    • Foreword - José Goldemberg, professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil
    • Executive summary
    • Chapter 1 Introduction to sugarcane ethanol contributions to climate change mitigation and the environment - Peter Zuurbier and Jos van de Vooren
      1. Introduction
      2. Biofuels
      3. Bioethanol
      4. Production and use of bioethanol
      5. Where does it come from: the feedstock for ethanol
      6. Brazil as main exporter
      7. What makes the ethanol attractive?
      8. The core of the debate
      9. Structure of the book
    • Chapter 2 Land use dynamics and sugarcane production - Günther Fischer, Edmar Teixeira, Eva Tothne Hizsnyik and Harrij van Velthuizen
      1. Historical scale and dynamics of sugarcane production
      2. Global potential for expansion of sugarcane production
    • Chapter 3 Prospects of the sugarcane expansion in Brazil: impacts on direct and indirect land use changes - André Meloni Nassar, Bernardo F.T. Rudorff, Laura Barcellos Antoniazzi, Daniel Alves de Aguiar, Miriam Rumenos Piedade Bacchi and Marcos Adami
      1. Introduction
      2. The dynamics of sugarcane expansion in Brazil
      3. Methodology
      4. Results and discussions
      5. Conclusions and recommendations
    • Chapter 4 Mitigation of GHG emissions using sugarcane bioethanol - Isaias C. Macedo and Joaquim E.A. Seabra
      1. Introduction
      2. Ethanol production in 2006 and two Scenarios for 2020
      3. Energy flows and lifecycle GHG emissions/mitigation
      4. Land use change: direct and indirect effects on GHG emissions
      5. Conclusions
    • Chapter 5 Environmental sustainability of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil - Weber Antônio Neves do Amaral, João Paulo Marinho, Rudy Tarasantchi, Augusto Beber and Eduardo Giuliani
      1. Introduction
      2. The Brazilian environmental legal framework regulating ethanol production
      3. Environmental indicators
      4. Initiatives towards ethanol certification and compliance
      5. Future steps towards sustainable production of ethanol and the role of innovation
    • Chapter 6 Demand for bioethanol for transport - Andre Faaij, Alfred Szwarc and Arnaldo Walter
      1. Introduction
      2. Development of the ethanol market
      3. Drivers for ethanol demand
      4. Future ethanol markets
      5. Discussion and final remarks
    • Chapter 7 Biofuel conversion technologies - Andre Faaij
      1. Introduction
      2. Long term potential for biomass resources.
      3. Technological developments in biofuel production
      4. Energy and greenhouse gas balances of biofuels
      5. Final remarks
    • Chapter 8 The global impacts of US and EU biofuels policies - Wallace E. Tyner
      1. Introduction
      2. Ethanol economics and policy
      3. Impacts of US and EU policies on the rest of the world
      4. Conclusions
    • Chapter 9 Impacts of sugarcane bioethanol towards the Millennium Development Goals - Annie Dufey
      1. Introduction
      2. Opportunities for sugarcane bioethanol in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals
      3. Risks and challenges
      4. Conclusions
    • Chapter 10 Why are current food prices so high? - Martin Banse, Peter Nowicki and Hans van Meijl
      1. IWorld agricultural prices in a historical perspective
      2. Long run effects
      3. What explains the recent increase in agricultural prices?
      4. First quantitative results of the analysis of key driving factors
      5. The future
      6. Concluding remarks
    • Acknowledgements - Peter Zuurbier and Jos van de Vooren
    • Authors
      Keyword index

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