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Bill to bolster use of biofuels passes lower house in Brazil

Photo by Steve Jurvetson (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

November 30 (Renewables Now) - The lower house of Congress in Brazil on Tuesday okayed a bill creating a national programme to increase the use of biofuels in the country.

The National Biofuel Policy -- RenovaBio -- will establish mandatory annual greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for Brazilian fuel distributors, Congress said. The targets will be taking into account how much each type of biofuel, such as biodiesel and ethanol, can contribute to the carbon reduction in the country's energy mix over a minimum period of ten years. For this evaluation, the government will consider the fuel's lifecycle.

Distributers will show they are cutting carbon emissions through certificates issued by biofuel makers.

The bill is now going to the Senate and after its approval it can be signed into law by president Michel Temer.

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