Ethanol production in Brazil in 2000 - 2015. Source: EPE (http://www.epe.gov.br).
Brazil's ethanol production grew 6% in 2015, reaching 30 billion litres (8 billion gallons), state-owned energy research firm EPE said on Tuesday.
According to the 2015 Biofuels Sector Analysis study conducted by EPE, the main contributing factors were the good harvest season and the new government measures taken last year, such as the elevation of the anhydrous ethanol blending requirement for common gasoline.
Other biofuel highlights of 2015 include the significant growth of 34% of hydrous ethanol demand, reaching 19 billion liters, and a 7% drop in regular gas consumption. As regards to biodiesel, the country produced about 3.9 billion litres, 15% more than in 2014, noted EPE in its study.
Also in 2015, Brazil's sugarcane industry provided more than 20,000 GWh of biomass power for the National Interconnected System (SIN), local sugarcane industry association Unica said back in April.