Brazil: Landfill gas-based fuels eligible for RenovaBio program

By Erin Voegele | February 28, 2018

On Feb. 21, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published a notice announcing that landfill gas-based fuels will be eligible to comply with the requirements of RenovaBio, the country’s new national biofuels policy that was established in December.

RenovaBio aims to increase the use of all biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane, in Brazil with the aim of increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A statement released by the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy on Dec. 27 explains that the RenovaBio law provides for the establishment of national emissions reduction targets for the nation’s fuel supply. Targets will to be met annually by fuel distributors.

RenovaBio creates a system that allow for the certification of biofuels. The Ministry of Mines and Energy said the objective of the certification is to measure the exact contribution of each biofuel producer to greenhouse gas emissions reductions, in relation to their fossil substitute. The law also creates a decarbonization credit that combines the emissions reduction targets and the live cycle assessment of each biofuel producer. The credits are described as a financial asset that can be traded on a stock exchange. The credits are issued by the biofuel producer following the sale of product. Fuel distributors will meet required targets by acquiring these credits.

According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the RenovaBio regulation is currently scheduled to be released in mid-March.