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October 10, 2012

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association announces new CEO

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry. Association (UNICA), has announced the appointment of University of São Paulo Economics Professor Elizabeth Farina as the organization’s new CEO

December 05, 2011

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Respond to Unfair Legislation to Extend Tariff

In response to the introduction of H.R. 3552, legislation sponsored by four members of the U.S. House of Representatives to extend the import tax on foreign ethanol, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement. It should be attributed to Leticia Phillips, UNICA’s Representative in North America.

July 07, 2011

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Applaud Bipartisan Deal to End Import Tariff

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement in response to news of a bipartisan agreement to end ethanol tax credit and import tariff on July 31, 2011 – five months ahead of the scheduled expiration. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) brokered the deal with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD).

June 16, 2011

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Applaud Senate Vote to End Import Tariff

WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2011 - Today’s vote by the U.S. Senate demonstrates overwhelming support for reforming U.S. ethanol policy and is an important step towards developing a global market for clean energy. Ending the 30-year-old tariff on imported ethanol will help lower fuel prices and provide Americans with greater access to clean and affordable renewable fuels like sugarcane ethanol. We thank Senators Feinstein and Coburn for their leadership on this important issue.

June 14, 2011

Sugarcane Ethanol Producers Respond to Senate Vote Preserving Import Tariff

WASHINGTON, DC, June 14, 2011 - The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s 40-59 vote against proceeding with consideration of an amendment offered by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would end the ethanol tax credit and import tariff created in 1980. This statement should be attributed to Leticia Phillips, UNICA’s Representative in North America.

December 15, 2010

U.S. Senate decision on Bush-era tax cuts “disappointing,” should lead to WTO dispute settlement on ethanol protection, says Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

Following today’s U.S. Senate decision (81-19) to approve an US$858 billion bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts for two years – a bill that maintains ethanol subsidies and a US$0.54 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is issuing the following statement. All remarks should be attributed to UNICA President Marcos Jank.

December 07, 2010

Doubling Import Tax on Ethanol Will Escalate Brazil-U.S. Trade Conflict, Says Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association

In light of ongoing negotiations in the U.S. Congress, regarding the future of subsidies in support of domestic ethanol production and the US$0.54 per gallon tariff imposed on imported ethanol, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is issuing the following statement.

December 03, 2010

Lame-Duck Congress Goes from Bad to Worse on Ethanol Policy

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement in response to an ethanol proposal floated by Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee. The draft legislation would cut the U.S. ethanol subsidy (known as VEETC or the blenders’ tax credit) from 45-cents per gallon to 36-cents per gallon, but extend the tariff on imported ethanol at its current rate of 54-cents per gallon – doubling the effective trade barrier that benefits corn ethanol from nine to 18 cents. This statement should be attributed to Joel Velasco, UNICA’s Chief Representative in North America.

November 18, 2010

UNICA Welcomes California Air Resources Board’s Continued Review of Biofuels Emissions

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced today, following the recommendation of its Expert Workgroup and staff, that it will revisit its lifecycle greenhouse gas emission modeling particularly with regard to the indirect land use change (ILUC) estimates under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The following statement should be attributed to Joel Velasco, Chief Representative in North America of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)

October 13, 2010

EPA Decision Should Signal End to Ethanol Subsidies and Trade Protection

Many U.S. ethanol groups have argued recently that after 30 years of tax credits and trade protection they are ready to compete without subsidies provided the government grants them greater access to America’s fuel pumps. With the EPA’s decision to increase ethanol limits by 50% for newer vehicles, that day has arrived.

September 22, 2010

Video Shows Congress It’s Easy to Save Taxpayers $6 Billion and Cut Fuel Costs

UNICA today released a new video, “All I Need to Know About U.S. Ethanol Subsidies,” that explains to taxpayers how Congress could save them $6 billion per year and help lower prices at the pump. All lawmakers have to do is let 30 years of ethanol tax credits and trade protection expire on December 31.

July 02, 2010

Brazilian sugarcane industry’s ‘Virtual Mill,’ a hit at major events, now also on the Web

It’s about as close as you can get to a personal visit to a Brazilian sugarcane processing mill without actually being there, and it’s now available on the Web. It’s called the ‘Virtual Mill,’ an interactive multimedia tool created by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to offer the opportunity for an up-close look at the inner workings of a cane mill to those who can’t make the trip.

June 28, 2010

SweeterAlternative.com Offers Sonoma Getaway for Indy Grand Prix

SweeterAlternative.com today announced a contest that will send one winner and a guest on a three night, four day getaway to California’s world famous wine country for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (August 20-22nd, 2010). SweeterAlternative.com will cover airfare, hotel, and VIP seating at the race – as well as a guided tour through one of the state’s most scenic regions and an organized wine tasting. For a chance to win, log on to www.sweeteralternative.com/Sonoma.

June 17, 2010

SweeterAlternative.com Is Making a Free Trip to Brazil Easier Than Scoring on a Penalty Kick

In celebration of the World Cup and the number 54, SweeterAlternative.com is offering its sweetest deal ever. Contestants simply need to guess the team and name of the player who will score the 54th goal of the 2010 World Cup, and SweeterAlternative.com will send one winner and a guest on a seven day, six night trip to Rio de Janeiro for the city's world famous annual Carnaval celebration ( March 5-12, 2011). SweeterAlternative.com will also cover airfare and hotel, and provide VIP tickets to the winner's parade. For a chance to win, log on to http://sweeteralternative.com/CARNAVAL

June 11, 2010

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry sponsors “Dupont Festival: Soccer in the Circle,” boosts World Cup Fever in D.C.

Washington D.C. area residents will get a taste of the World Cup experience this Saturday, June 12, when the Dupont Festival: Soccer in the Circle kicks off at Dupont Circle Park. Two large screens will be available for a full day of soccer celebration in the heart of the city, with cultural activities and giveaways scheduled along with three highly anticipated matches: Greece x South Korea (7:30 am), Argentina x Nigeria (10 am) and England vs the United States (2:30 pm).  

May 28, 2010

More Than 23,000 Trees Planted in Brazil to Offset Emissions of IZOD IndyCar Season Opener

All carbon emissions connected with the opening race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season – the São Paulo 300, held on a street course in Brazil’s largest city on March 14, will be compensated by more than 23,580 trees planted at the largest sugarcane processing mill in the world. The trees were planted based on a study by an independent consultancy, which quantified emissions produced by the São Paulo race and estimated the number of trees needed to offset those emissions.

May 27, 2010

Benefits of Sugarcane Ethanol to Hit U.S. Airwaves in new TV ads during ‘Indy 500’ telecast on ABC

Sugarcane ethanol is a clean, renewable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 60% compared to gasoline and can save money at the pump. These are just a couple of the points made by various race drivers that compete with ethanol in the IZOD IndyCar Series, in two 30-second television ads that debut on Sunday, May 30, during the telecast of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race.

May 25, 2010

Indianapolis 500 runs on Sugarcane Ethanol: Fuel Discount Today 85 Cents Off for 85 Minutes

Indianapolis motorists are invited to fill up for less today at McClure Oil located at 4945 W 71st St, Indianapolis. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m., an 85 cents per gallon* discount is being offered on E85 and regular gas, thanks to a promotion by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to increase U.S. awareness of sugarcane ethanol as an environmentally friendly fuel. UNICA provides 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

UPDATED: Unspecified “Political” Influences Cancel Previously Approved Discounted Gasoline Offer for Memorial Day

UPDATED TO INCLUDE NEW DETAILS ON FUEL GIVEAWAY The group is now planning to give away a substantial number of gasoline cards instead on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who lives or works within 25 miles of Washington, D.C., can log on to www.SweeterAlternative.com to register for a free gas card while supplies last.

May 24, 2010

Unspecified "Political" Influences Cancel Previously Approved Discounted Gasoline Offer for Memorial Day

One week after approving the event and less than 24 hours after allowing promotional banners to be hung on its property, Capitol Petroleum Group cancelled plans by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to offer Washington-area residents a discount of 54-cents per gallon on gasoline purchased at two Exxon stations on Capitol Hill. A company representative, citing unspecified “political” reasons, abruptly ended UNICA’s plans to help DC drivers keep a little extra money in their pockets for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

May 06, 2010

Brazil's Sugarcane Ethanol Industry Defends California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

In court papers filed yesterday, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) defended the State of California’s right to lower the carbon footprint of transportation fuels used in that state. UNICA, the leading trade association for the Brazilian ethanol industry, filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief rebutting lawsuits filed against California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) by the petroleum, trucking and corn ethanol industries.

April 20, 2010

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Responds To Introduction of Grassley-Conrad Legislation That Taxes Clean, Renewable Energy

In response to newly introduced legislation from Senators Chuck Grassley(R-IA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) extending subsidies to corn ethanol and the 54-cents per gallon tariff on imported ethanol – particularly sugarcane ethanol from Brazil – for five more years, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement. The statement should be attributed to Joel Velasco, UNICA’s Chief Representative in North America.

April 18, 2010

Danger of Trade Barriers for Renewable Fuels Highlighted During WTO Director-General's Visit to Ethanol Mill in Brazil

The President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), Marcos Jank, reinforced that it makes no sense for countries to adopt ambitious policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while continuing to apply high tariffs on clean technologies that can be instrumental to achieve reduction goals and allowing fossil fuels to be traded freely, during WTO Director-General's, Pascal Lamy, visit.

April 16, 2010

Sugarcane Ethanol Powers Indy’s Long Beach Race

Within the agreement signed between the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) and the Indy Racing League (IRL), the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, CA that happens this Sunday (April 18), will utilize 100% fuel grade ethanol to power its race cars. “UNICA is excited about its partnership with IndyCar to promote ethanol use, not only in global race competitions, but also in your daily life. Sugarcane ethanol is a clean and affordable renewable fuel that could help Americans save money at the pump, cut U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and improve the environment,” said UNICA’s Chief Representative for North America, Joel Velasco.

April 12, 2010

Sugarcane Ethanol Offers Clean, Affordable & Secure Alternative Energy

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) launched an expansive national awareness campaign to explain sugarcane ethanol’s benefits. UNICA's education campaign will include a new website, SweeterAlternative.com, online, print and radio advertising, new research and a high-profile partnership with the Indy Racing League.

April 08, 2010

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Welcomes Ethanol Import Tariff Cut by Brazil’s Government

Today’s announcement that the Brazilian government has unilaterally eliminated its tariff on imported ethanol is a major step forward in building a global biofuels marketplace, according to the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA).

March 29, 2010

Report Highlights Benefits of Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol, Confirms Highest Emissions Savings

International Food Research Policy Institute tells European Commission that Brazilian sugarcane ethanol saves the most greenhouse gas emissions, even considering indirect land use changes.

March 25, 2010

Statement: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Responds to Introduction of Pomeroy-Shimkus Legislation that Taxes Clean, Renewable Energy

In response to newly introduced legislation from Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Shimkus (R-IL) extending subsidies to corn ethanol and the 54-cents per gallon tariff on imported ethanol – particularly sugarcane ethanol from Brazil – for five more years, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement. The statement should be attributed to Joel Velasco, UNICA’s Chief Representative in North America.

March 13, 2010

Ethanol Use at Indycar Race in São Paulo Means Eight Ton Reduction in CO2 Emissions

The equivalent of eight tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will not make it to the atmosphere, thanks to the use of sugarcane ethanol in the cars competing at the “São Paulo Indy 300,” the opening race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar season. The finding is in a report prepared by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), requested by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

March 05, 2010

Ten Million Flex-Fuel Vehicles in Brazil A Milestone That Deserves Global Dissemination by Automakers

The announcement that Brazil’s 10 millionth Flex-Fuel vehicle was built yesterday is a milestone for the industry and the country. It should encourage automakers to invest more in the global dissemination of what has been accomplished in Brazil, as well as in their countries of origin. This was the assessment of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), which sees an abundance of good reasons to spread the word and embrace a truly “Made in Brazil” success story.

February 03, 2010

EPA Reaffirms Sugarcane Biofuel is Advanced Renewable Fuel with 61% Less Emissions than Gasoline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that ethanol made from sugarcane is a low carbon renewable fuel, which can contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of today’s announcement finalizing regulations for the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), the EPA designated sugarcane ethanol as an advanced biofuel that lowers GHG emissions by more than 50%.

January 26, 2010

Sugarcane Ethanol Brings Environmental Benefits, Energy Diversity to DC Auto Show

The environmental benefits of sugarcane ethanol will be showcased during the 2010 Washington Auto Show as part of the event’s Advanced Technology Superhighway. Sugarcane ethanol has been widely credited with a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90% when compared with gasoline – better than any other biofuel available today.

January 11, 2010

Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol to Power IZOD IndyCar Series in 2010

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) has renewed its fuel supply agreement with the Indy Racing League for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, which opens on Sunday, March 14, with a race in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo. Under the new agreement, the IZOD IndyCar Series will continue to utilize sugarcane ethanol to fuel its race cars, including at its signature event, the Indianapolis 500.

November 26, 2009

Agro-Environmental Protocol: 62.5 Million Tons of CO2 will be Avoided

The reduction of sugarcane straw burning and cogeneration in mills in the state of São Paulo, on top of the recovery of riparian forests, will avoid the emission of 62.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2017. The figure was announced this Wednesday (11/26) during an event organized by the Secretariats of Environment and Agriculture of the state of São Paulo and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) to present accomplishments of the Agro-environmental Protocol for the Sugar and Ethanol Sector.

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