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Sugarcane is one of the most complete raw materials for energy generation, with a conversion rate twice as high as solar energy. For this reason, sugarcane is our main source for ethanol, biomass and sugar production.
Sugarcane-based ethanol produces, on average, 89% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than Brazilian gasoline. Sugarcane is also more versatile, since the same plant can be used to produce different types of ethanol, for different uses, including anhydrous ethanol (used as fuel) and hydrous and neutral ethanol (used in medicine production).
In our bioenergy parks, we produce approximately 2.5 billion liters of ethanol per year (2019-2020 harvest).
Second Generation Ethanol
Second generation ethanol is unique in that it is produced from bagasse from the production of sugar and regular ethanol. The reuse of by-products provides an increase of up to 50% in production without increasing the planted area. Also, this advanced biofuel produces 97% less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.
In addition, our second generation ethanol is certified according to the strict sustainability standards of Bonsucro and ISCC.
WHERE DOES OUR ETHANOL GO?
In October 2020, we inaugurated our first biogas plant, where we use by-products from our industrial processes (vinasse and filter cake) to produce biogas.
Biogas can be converted into both electricity and biomethane gas, contributing to a cleaner energy matrix.
This has been our mission from the start: to invest in technologies that can provide us with a more sustainable future. We will continue to invest in this future.
Electricity – Energy Cogeneration
We are the largest producer of energy generated from biomass. This means generating energy from organic materials, which, compared to fossil fuels, produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, this is a predictable and perennial source of energy, which has its peak production precisely in the driest period of the year, when water resources are under increased pressure.