Tocantins came ahead in anticipating a new worldwide trend focused on energy produced from renewable sources. It was one of the first Brazilian states to invest on biodiesel production, inaugurating its first two major plants in 2007 (Brasil Ecodiesel and Biotins Energy). Today, in addition to manufacturing fuel and exporting it to the north, northeast and central-west regions of Brazil, Tocantins also produces knowledge, as it invests in research in the area. Oilseeds such as castor beans and tame-nuts are central in production and research.
Ethanol In addition, Tocantins wants to expand its production of ethanol, with sugar cane as the main raw material. For this reason, the State Government is drawing the “alcohol route”, a study that aims at encouraging the installation of 24 plants over a period of 10 years. To avoid jeopardizing the production of food, the “alcohol route” foresees that the sugar cane to supply the production be grown in areas of degraded land. Today, Tocantins has 5 million hectares of degraded land capable of being recovered.