The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (which goes by the Portuguese acronym “UNICA”) is the leading trade association for the sugarcane industry in Brazil, representing 60 percent of the country’s sugarcane production and processing. Brazil is the second largest producer and exporter of renewable fuel behind the United States. UNICA’s priorities include serving as a source for credible information and analysis about the efficiency and sustainability of sugarcane products, particularly sugarcane ethanol.
Brazilian sugarcane ethanol is classified as an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard because the Environmental Protection Agency has determined it reduces greenhouse gases by 61% compared to gasoline. This advanced biofuel from an American ally plays a modest but important role supplying the United States with clean renewable fuel. For the past three years, more than one billion gallons of sugarcane biofuel imported from Brazil flowed into American vehicles. During this time, sugarcane ethanol comprised only 2% of all renewable fuels consumed by Americans, but provided nearly 15 percent of the U.S. advanced biofuel supply. In addition, there are currently two commercial plants producing cellulosic ethanol in Brazil.
UNICA works to encourage the continuous advancement of sustainable practices throughout the sugarcane industry and to promote sugarcane-based biofuels as a clean, reliable alternative to fossil fuels.