Producing sugarcane ethanol in Brazil
Through Raízen in Brazil, a joint venture with biofuels company Cosan, Shell is one of the world’s largest sugarcane ethanol producers. Raízen has a production capacity of around 2 billion litres of ethanol per year.
Raízen produces one of the lowest CO2 emitting biofuels available today. Brazilian sugarcane ethanol can reduce CO2 emissions by 70% when compared with petrol. From cultivation through to use this sugarcane ethanol emits less CO2 than any other conventional biofuel available in commercial volumes..
Raízen opened its first cellulosic ethanol plant at its Costa Pinto mill in Brazil in 2015, which produced approximately 15.5 million litres in 2018. When fully operational, the plant is expected to produce around 40 million litres a year of advanced biofuels from sugar-cane residues.
(Image credit - Valdemir Cunha)