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On 12th September 2007 Sweden and Brazil signed an agreement on bioenergy and biofuels.

"Brazil is the world's foremost producer of ethanol and has long experience of both production and use of alternative fuels. It is thus important that Sweden enter into a bilateral agreement. As a small but technologically advanced country, Sweden needs international collaboration for development of the next generation of fuels. We already have a collaborative agreement with the United States and are now signing a similar agreement with Brazil. I feel we have much to contribute and much to learn," says Maud Olofsson, Sweden's Minister for Industry, Employment and Communications.

The agreement is on collaboration to promote bioenergy and the creation of a global market for biofuels. Both countries will also be seeking increased collaboration between their researchers and their companies, with the aim of developing better and more efficient technology for sustainable production. Sweden and Brazil will additionally be investigating the possibility of helping developing countries set up regulations to promote sustainable production and use of renewable energy.

"This will pave the way for even better and more intense collaboration between Swedish and Brazilian companies and researchers," says Maud Olofsson.


Additional information:
Folder: Brazilian sugarcane ethanol - Get the facts right and kill the myths



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