International Sugar Journal

Proposed best operating practices to improve technical efficiency in Brazilian sugar and ethanol plants* [Full subscriber]

Abstract The aim of this study was to propose best operating practices to improve the efficiency of sugar and ethanol plants in Brazil. Industrial technical efficiency is the main performance indicator of a sugar and ethanol mill and represents the percentage of sugarcane that is recovered and processed into sugar, ethanol and other products. Thus, given the increase in competition and the need for productivity optimisation, Brazilian milling companies need to improve their efficiency regarding the available inputs. The methodological procedures involve both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) was used in order to measure the productive efficiency…

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