Brazil and the Netherlands make agreements on sustainable biofuels

In the coming two years, Brazil and the Netherlands will intensify their collaboration on the development of biofuels that meet sustainability requirements. The two countries will also be sharing knowledge of new techniques for the use of biomass for electricity generation.

State Secretary Atsma (Infrastructure & the Environment) today signed an agreement on this with Luiz Figueiredo Machado, the chief negotiator for Brazil at Rio+20. Brazil is a large producer and supplier of sustainable biofuels produced from, for example, sugar cane or organic residual materials like wood pulp. In the Netherlands, 4.5% of fuels brought onto the market must be from renewable sources. This means that in the Netherlands the demand for sustainable biofuels is increasing sharply.

Mr Atsma: 'The Netherlands only wants to use fuels that are produced in a manner that has no negative impact on, for example, agriculture, food production or nature. It is therefore important that the Netherlands informs countries and companies that produce biofuels of our requirements in terms of sustainability in order for them to take these requirements into account in their production process. In this agreement supply and demand are in perfect alignment.'

Moreover, Dutch knowledge is being shared with Brazil so that bio-energy can be used in a factory in the Brazilian state of Maranhão. At this factory organic residual materials like wood pulp can be processed into biofuel that is then used to generate power.