Brazil’s Production of Sugarcane-Based Ethanol

  • Markus Fraundorfer
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Chapter 5 starts with a short characterisation of global bioenergy governance and traces Brazil’s own experience with the production of ethanol. In this context, the chapter also critically examines the environmental and social risks connected with ethanol production in Brazil. Subsequently, the chapter turns towards the discursive interface by analysing how Lula da Silva defended the production of ethanol and confronted the international criticism launched against Brazil during the global food crisis in 2007/2008. The organisational interface reveals Brazil’s most significant efforts in developing global sustainability standards for the production of ethanol. And the last part of the chapter lays bare Brazil’s efforts in transferring resources related to its own ethanol production to other countries in the developing world.


United Nations Environment Programme Civil Society Organisation Global Governance International Energy Agency Gateway Node 
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© Markus Fraundorfer 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Fraundorfer
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  1. 1.German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)Germany

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