The Xinhua news agency reports that Brazil hopes to provide China with the technology to produce ethanol from sugar cane to be used as an automotive fuel.

The report cited comments by Brazilian energy expert Roberto Da Fonseca. “As one of the few countries that possesses mature ethanol technology, Brazil will cooperate with car makers in China to apply its technology and ethanol products as an alternative fuel,” Fonseca said in comments carried Wednesday by the official Xinhua News Agency.

“Using ethanol fuel will help lessen the reliance on fossil fuels, promote the development of agriculture and relevant sectors, and improve air quality,” Fonseca added.