Native inventoried greenhouse gasses emissions occurred between May, 2006 and April, 2007, related to São Francisco Mill’s organic sugarcane fields. This evaluation was based on the GHG Protocol international model for quantifying emissions and considered from sugarcane farming and its inputs consumption until sugar and alcohol production in the factory. Since part of these products are headed to external markets the energy needs for transporting such products until final destination (USA, Europe, Japan) were also considered.
The emission values found for UFRA are lower than the average emissions normally found in the sugarcane business, due to the organic production methods.. When compared to European or Japanese production from beet, or USA production from beet and corn, the the advantages are even bigger. This occurs because such production methods are based on fossil fuels burning, while at UFRA the energy comes from sugarcane bagasse fuel burning.