University of Queensland-led study says Brazilian cane area could increase by 5 million ha by 2030

September 17, 2019 |

In Australia, a University of Queensland-led study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030. UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher said that because Brazil produced ethanol from sugarcane, future biofuel demand would directly impact land use.

“Our study has modeled scenarios forecasting future ethanol demand based on different trajectories for gross domestic product, population growth, fuel prices, blending policies, fleet composition and efficiency gains,” he said.

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