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Learn more about the latest developments on sugarcane ethanol and issues affecting the industry.

News Item 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
News Item 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.
News Item 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).
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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)
News Item 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.
Page 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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
News Item 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).  
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
News Item 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.
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