Ethanol is the fuel of the present and the future of sustainable mobility.

It’s the fuel of transformation. With ethanol, São Paulo’s sky went from grey to blue.
Less pollution, more health. And we are ready to support more countries to
bring back their blue skies.

Do you want to know how?

Ethanol reduced almost 50% of pollution and improved air quality in São Paulo, a City of 12 million people that now benefit from cleaner air thanks to the major uptake of ethanol in transportation.

Besides that, ethanol emits 90% less CO2 than fossil fuels. The biofuel has saved, since 2003, about 600 million tons of CO2 emissions to the Brazilian skies.

We want to share our experience from the City of São Paulo and how ethanol contributed to reducing emissions and improving public health. Ethanol has transformed the quality of life of the brazilians. And can do the same for other cities around the world.

Ethanol as a solution for sustainable mobility

Among biofuels, sugarcane ethanol has the world’s lowest carbon footprint.

A clean, affordable and low-carbon biofuel that can be blended with petrol/gasoline and provides a significant reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to fight global warming. One of the most serious challenges of this century.

Clean Air

90% less greenhouse gas emission

98% reduction of inhalable particles

90% less Sulphur oxide and other toxic substances when compared to gasoline and diesel


Sugarcane is the #1 source of renewable energy in Brazil

16,4% of the energy matrix
Source: BEN 2021

Since flex vehicle technology was launched, ethanol use has prevented the emission of  600 million tons of CO2EQ into the atmosphere.

In Brazil, the mix of ethanol in gasoline is mandated by law and, since 2015, stands at 27% (E27). In 2021, ethanol replaced 44% of petrol/gasoline in the Brazilian transport matrix.

Ethanol is a national pride for its energy efficiency, its production chain sustainability and job and income generation.

4 billions trees

To achieve a similar CO2 savings, you would need to plant almost 4 billions trees over 20 years.

2,1 million direct and indirect jobs generated in the sugar and ethanol sector.

All of this using only 1.2% of Brazil’s territory while preserving forests within the rural properties, upholding the Brazilian Forest Code.

Brazil is the second largest ethanol producer in the world.

29,7 billion litres

of ethanol in the 2021/2022 harvest season

Domestic Consumption

26,5 billion litres


1,7 billion litres


In line with commitments made at the UN Climate Conference (COP21), Brazil launched a public policy focusing on the decarbonisation of the transport matrix, named RenovaBio.

By 2030 RenovaBio will lead to a reduction of over 10% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission within the Brazilian transport energy matrix, contributing significantly to the NDC total reduction of 43% of GHG emissions.

Increasing the uptake in Low Carbon liquid fuels is a cost-effective way to deliver on the Paris Agreement and transition towards carbon neutral economies.


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The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is Brazil’s leading association for the sugarcane industry, representing 60% of the country’s sugarcane production and processing. UNICA’s priorities include serving as a source for reliable information and analysis on the efficiency and sustainability of sugarcane products, particularly ethanol, sugar and bioelectricity . The association works to both encourage the continuous improvement of sustainable practices throughout the sugarcane industry, and to promote low-carbon energy solutions.



The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. apexBrasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad.