Closing the Matter and Energy Cycle in the Sugar/Alcohol Sector

Authors

  • Jessé Morais Pacheco
  • Debora Nayar Hoff

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18472/SustDeb.v4n2.2013.9379

Keywords:

Industrial Symbiosis, Sugar and ethanol complex, Industrial Ecology, Closing Cycle

Abstract

The sustainable development must be seen from the understanding of the multiple relation that
occurs between the natural environment and the other actors of the system. In agroindustrial
systems, this is a serious issue because of the close dependence between production processes
and natural elements. The objective of this paper is to organize, from other published studies,
the main energy and material flows already identified within the sugarcane sector. Then, it
present an overview of the degree of closing cycle regarding that sector. This work is an descriptive
research that uses secondary data and the results demonstrates: i) the high rates of reutilization
of bagasse of sugar cane and water allows the cogeneration of energy and the low capitation of
water from natural resources; ii) the possibility of treatment for by-products allows the
reutilization in other processes, as biodigestion and fertigation.

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Author Biographies

Jessé Morais Pacheco

Graduação em Economia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, 2011.
Mestre em Economia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, 2013.
Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brasil.

Debora Nayar Hoff

Graduação em Economia, Universidade do Planalto Catarinense, 1994;
Mestre em Economia Industrial, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 2000;
Doutora em Agronegócios, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2008.
Professora Adjunta do Instituto de Economia da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brasil.

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Published

2013-12-23

How to Cite

Pacheco, J. M., & Hoff, D. N. (2013). Closing the Matter and Energy Cycle in the Sugar/Alcohol Sector. Sustainability in Debate, 4(2), 215–236. https://doi.org/10.18472/SustDeb.v4n2.2013.9379

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