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Title: Lack of commitment of Brazilian federal institutions to ethanol competitiveness

Authors: Wellington Pereira; Nilson De Paula

Addresses: Department of Economics and Public Policies Graduate Program (4P), Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Av. Lothario Meissner, 632 – Curitiba, PR, 80210-170, Brazil ' Department of Economics and Public Policies Graduate Program (4P), Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Av. Lothario Meissner, 632 – Curitiba, PR, 80210-170, Brazil

Abstract: Brazil is regarded as pioneer in developing a market for sugarcane ethanol, to a large extent due to initiatives of federal government in setting up this sector in the past by a heavy use of public policies to provide a fair environment for the development of a complete production chain of ethanol. The aim of this paper is to present the level of commitment of Brazilian federal institutions to ethanol market by means of public policies, especially those related to second-generation technology which is a crucial ingredient for the long-term development in the ethanol industry because of its technological impacts. For this purpose, this paper assesses the actions taken and decisions made by Brazilian federal institutions aiming the production and competitiveness of sugarcane ethanol based on the concept of sectorial system of innovation and production (SSIP).

Keywords: ethanol; sugarcane; biofuels; public policies; sectorial system.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2018.089266

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.201 - 219

Available online: 24 Dec 2017 *

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