Brazil and Japan Link Up in Biofuel Pact
4 February 2005
Brazzil. Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are developing a bilateral program to increase the production of ethanol and biodiesel in Brazil and its supply to the Japanese market.
Beginning later this spring, Japanese and Brazilian technicians will create a detailed profile of Brazil’s agro energy sources and develop plans for the expansion of ethanol production in Brazil.
In 2003 the Japanese government regulated a law that authorizes the mixture of up to 3% of alcohol with gasoline.
Now their interest has turned to financing long-term projects capable of increasing Brazilian production and guaranteeing the continuous and regular exportation of this product to Japan.
This will allow Brazil to accumulate exportable surpluses to supply the Japanese market, which, at the outset, already presents a demand of 1.8 billion liters per year.
The future bilateral agreement should also provide incentives to the production of biodiesel in Northeast Brazil.
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