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Brazil has committed to an ambitious goal of reaching net zero by 2050 along with supporting goals including reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43% from 2005 levels by 2030 and ending illegal deforestation by 2030. As the world’s sixth-largest greenhouse gas emitter and one of the fastest-growing economies, Brazil has the opportunity to advance ambitious climate action while realizing significant co-benefits in job growth, air and water quality, and protection of crucial natural resources. 

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) works with partners in Brazil to advance new and unique research that helps identify key policy maneuvers to support Brazil’s ambitious climate goals. In addition, CGS helps identify financing mechanisms that will help accelerate Brazil’s clean energy transition.

  • Biofuel transitions toward net-zero emissions in Brazil. CGS is working with COPPE—The Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering—at the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro to engage industrial stakeholders and model alternative pathways through which the biofuels and bioenergy industry can support a long-term low GHG strategy.
  • US-Brazil Joint Discussion on Climate: U.S.-Brazilian cooperation on climate change is critical to preserving both countries’ environments while also continuing to grow the economy. Action from both parties is key to combatting climate change and CGS’s Brazil Program seeks to provide research and knowledge to help advance climate action in Brazil and foster cooperation between the two countries. 
  • Stakeholder engagement: CGS has led a series of virtual workshops with key stakeholders from Brazil’s analytical, private sector, and policymaking communities to discuss climate mitigation pathways while protecting economic and social growth. From this, CGS has developed and is currently finetuning long-term scenarios for Brazil’s mid-century strategy based on stakeholder discussions.

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