Building resilience in Brazil's biofuel market

New study shows increased flex-car fleet pays off at the pump for non-flex car drivers, highlighting how targeted climate policies can also lead to consumer benefits.

Client requested policy brief to help them share new research with stakeholders, policymakers, and non-experts. Reviewed research, interviewed researchers, and wrote policy brief.

"As Brazil acts to reduce carbon emissions and achieve its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) goals under the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), a key strategy will be to build on the nation’s strengths in biofuel.

Brazil is home to one of the largest and most successful biofuel programs in the world. The nation’s energy mix consists of 40% renewable energy overall, which is three times the world average and qualities Brazil as a low-carbon economy.1 Brazil also enjoys one of the most developed ex- fuel markets in the world. Both gasoline and ethanol have been available for cars at virtually every fuel station in the country. Moreover, the penetration of ex-cars – ones that can run on any mix of gasoline or ethanol – reached 94% of all new cars registered in the country in 2008 (see Figure 1)."

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