Responsible for approximately 25% of CO2 emissions, the transportation sector has an essential role in the fight against climate change and the greenhouse effect, but above all, in improving air quality in large cities.

Besides carbon dioxide, the burning of fossil fuels releases several harmful substances that can cause various cardiorespiratory diseases and lead to premature death in humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that air pollution in cities is responsible for 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide every year. This mortality is mainly due to exposure to particulate matter, small particles of diameter less than or equal to 2.5 microns (MP2.5).

A study by the University of São Paulo (USP) revealed that the substitution of fossil fuels by biofuels, such as ethanol, avoids the death of almost 1.5 thousand people and more than 9 thousand hospitalizations annually due to respiratory and cardiovascular problems in the 8 main metropolitan regions in Brazil. Savings of more than US$ 80 million per year for the public and private health system.

In this scenario, the use of ethanol, pure or blended with gasoline, is an important instrument for the reduction of pollutant gas emissions. A study conducted by the Energy Research Company (EPE) proved that biofuel reduces emissions of particulate materials, improving air quality in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region. Ethanol reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil fuel. Since 2003 in Brazil, the biofuel, clean and renewable, avoided the emission of more than 630 million tons of CO2.


Ethanol is the fuel of the present and the future of sustainable mobility. It’s the fuel of transformation. With ethanol, São Paulo’s sky went from grey to blue. Less pollution, more health. And we are ready to support more countries to bring back their blue skies.

Ethanol reduced almost 50% of pollution and improved air quality in São Paulo, a City of 12 million people that now benefit from cleaner air thanks to the major uptake of ethanol in transportation.

Besides that, ethanol emits 90% less CO2 than fossil fuels. The biofuel has saved, since 2003, about 630 million tons of CO2 emissions to the Brazilian skies.We want to share our experience from the City of São Paulo and how ethanol contributed to reducing emissions and improving public health. Ethanol has transformed the quality of life of the brazilians. And can do the same for other cities around the world.


Among biofuels, sugarcane ethanol has the world’s lowest carbon footprint.

A clean, affordable and low-carbon biofuel that can be blended with petrol/gasoline and provides a significant reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to fight global warming. One of the most serious challenges of this century.