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ALC carbon outcome Providing renewable energy
Geographic scope Brazil
GHG saved/offset

700,000 tonnes CO₂e [Jan-Dec 2018]

Information on methodology and/or basis

Biofuels can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. BP has manufactured biofuels since 2008 and was the first international oil and gas company to invest in Brazilian sugarcane ethanol. We now operate three ethanol production plants, producing some 765 million litres of ethanol equivalent per year. In 2018, our ethanol production avoided GHG emissions equal to 330,000 fewer European cars on the road in a year.


Sugarcane is currently one of the most efficient raw materials used in biofuels production. Ethanol, its derivative has life cycle GHG emissions around 70% lower when compared with conventional transport fuels.


Sugarcane can also be used as a raw material for next-generation biofuels, such as bio-isobutanol. BP also creates biopower by burning bagasse, the fibre that remains after crushing sugarcane stalks, at our sites in Brazil.