A discussion of recent scientific and technological advances and the global outlook for sustainable production of biofuels was the topic of the afternoon of October 25th at the symposium FAPESP Week, which wraps up this Wednesday in Washington, DC.
Glaucia Souza from the Chemistry Institute of the Universidade de São Paulo presented the results of the FAPESP Program for Research on Bioenergy, of which she is a coordinating member. The Program’s objective is to integrate laboratory and company research and development activities to promote the advance of knowledge and its use in the sustainable production of energy from sugarcane ethanol.
In her presentation, Souza discussed the organization and the program’s divisions in addition to the objectives and results of some of the 56 research projects underway. She noted the capacity and resistance of the current crops for producing food and energy at compatible costs, and the positive energy balance and low greenhouse gas emissions from current varieties of sugarcane.