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Sugarcane, cellulose, mining and oil industries sign COP28 agreement to reduce carbon




Associations representing the sugarcane and bioenergy, paper and cellulose, mining and oil and gas industries signed an agreement today in Dubai to reduce the carbon intensity of their emissions.

In a commitment that includes 17 actions, the document was signed amid COP-28 discussions by the Sugarcane and Bioenergy Industry Union (UNICA), Brazilian Institute of Petroleum and Gas (IBP), Brazilian Institute of Mining (IBRAM) and Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

The idea is to improve the energy performance of operations across all value chains and encourage the adoption of more efficient alternatives, focusing on the end customer. Among the initiatives, the sectors commit to consolidating the National Biofuels Policy (RenovaBio) and the carbon credits market.

“Solutions for the energy transition go through an integration process. What we did today was exactly the joining of forces of sectors that have great synergies. And this is what we will continue to do in the coming decades, as the opportunities are countless”, said Evandro Gussi, president of UNICA.

Among the possible synergies is the possibility of the biofuels industry helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the natural gas sector, through the shared use of pipelines, which could be shared with biomethane.

Corn ethanol plants could use biomass generated by the paper and cellulose industry to fuel their boilers and overcome one of the sector's bottlenecks. In mining, companies could have access to energy that contributes to decarbonizing the mineral process.

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