© 2014

Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Barry D. Solomon
  • Robert Bailis


  • Explores the ways in which biofuel production in Latin America impacts the three pillars of sustainability

  • Examines biofuel production in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean region

  • Most chapters consider one country in a given region and explore how biofuel production is evolving given concerns about various factors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Barry D. Solomon, Robert Bailis
    Pages 1-26
  3. Christine Moser, Tina Hildebrandt, Robert Bailis
    Pages 27-69
  4. Suani Teixeira Coelho, Patricia Guardabassi
    Pages 71-101
  5. Robert Bailis
    Pages 103-126
  6. Jorge A. Hilbert, Sofia Galligani
    Pages 127-140
  7. Jonathan Moncada, Ricardo A. Tolosa, Carlos A. Cardona
    Pages 141-155
  8. Theresa Selfa, Carmen Bain, Renata Moreno
    Pages 157-178
  9. Julia Tomei, Rocio Diaz-Chavez
    Pages 179-201
  10. Amarella Eastmond, Carlos García, Alfredo Fuentes, Javier Becerril-García
    Pages 203-222
  11. Carlos E. Ludena
    Pages 223-240
  12. Barry D. Solomon, Robert Bailis
    Pages 241-247
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 249-252

About this book


This book examines recent developments in Latin American biofuel production. Taking “sustainable development” as a central theme, each chapter considers one country in the region and explores how biofuel production is evolving given concerns about food sovereignty, trade and other social issues. Environmental conservation, as well as an increasingly complex and globalized economic structure, Is also taken into account. The contributions to this volume critically explore the ways in which biofuel production in Latin America impact social, economic and environmental systems: the so-called “three pillars of sustainability". Numerous stakeholders, drawn from government, industry, civil society and academia have attempted to define “Sustainable Development” in the context of biofuel production and to operationalize it through a series of principles, criteria, and highly specific indicators. Nevertheless, it remains a fluid and contested concept with deep political and social ramifications, which each chapter explores in detail.


Latin America biofuel sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Barry D. Solomon
    • 1
  • Robert Bailis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Oil, Gas & Geosciences