Guatemalan Sugar Producers Export Biofuels

In 2008, 265 million liters of ethanol and alcohol manufactured from sugar cane were exported to Europe and the United States.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Biofuel production generates additional income for sugar producers in Guatemala, which could be a palliative in the face of the economic crisis, according to comments from Fraterno Vila, president of the Sugar Association of Guatemala (ASAZGUA), in an article in

Additionally, "the president said that ASAZGUA is showing that one of the main benefits of ethanol and alcohol is that it can be mixed with fuel and reduce pollutants generated by these oil derivatives. However, to do this process in the country would require a law that, according to Vila, has been ‘trapped’ in Congress since the beginning of Alfonso Portillo's administration."

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