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Almost 50% of Brazil’s energy is from renewables

- Almost 50% of all energy consumed in Brazil last year was generated from renewable sources (47.2%), mainly hydroelectric plants and bio fuel, according to a study released today by the Government.

The renewable energy share in Brazil’s energy consumption grew from 39.3% in 2001 to 47.2% in 2009, according to the study “Indicators of Sustainable Development” published by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

The share of non-renewable energy sources, like coal, oil and gas in the Brazilian energy matrix fell from 60.7% to 52.8% during the same period.

Among non-renewable energy sources during 2009, there was a greater participation of oil (37.8%) and oil derived products: natural gas (37.8%), coal and its derivatives (4.8%) and uranium and its derivatives (1.4%).

The a growth of renewable energy sources was mainly thanks to the increased supply and use of ethanol derived from sugar cane, this fuel became the most widely used for private cars in the country and furthermore Brazil is the largest producer and exporter.