iCS’ Response

Human activities such as energy generation and transportation emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are heating the planet.
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iCS’s vision: A prosperous, just Brazil that leads the transition to 1.5°C
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A better future depends basically on the choices made by society. iCS works for decisions to be made towards a prosperous, low-carbon development
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What We Do


The Institute for Climate and Society (iCS) is a philanthropic and re- granting organization that promotes prosperity, justice and low carbon development in Brazil.

The Institute serves as a bridge between international and national funders and local partners. iCS belongs to a wide network of philanthropic organizations dedicated to building the solutions to the climate crisis. The Institute aims to enable the conditions and the architecture for society and decision makers to make informed choices about Brazil’s development path, towards a prosper and climate safe future. iCS strives to address climate issues with a social lens. The Institute prioritizes measures that, in addition to reducing GHG emissions, also generate improvements in the quality of life for the most vulnerable. Some examples of iCS’ actions in this direction are the promotion of green jobs and improvement of public transportation systems, active mobility infrastructure and low-cost clean energy.

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iCS Perspective on Climate Change in Brazil

Social development and climate change mitigation are two sides of the same coin. Climate change has severe consequences for society (e.g. droughts and flooding), as well as climate action contributes to development.

In the two last decades, Brazil has shown successful approaches to address both socio-economic and climate issues, such as:

  • Significant increase of its GDP: from US$ 462 million in 1990 to US$ 2,392 billion in 2013
  • Decrease of the number of people living in extreme poverty: from 20,6% in 1990 to 4,9% in 2013
  • Improvement of its Human Development Index: from 0.612 in 1990 to 0.744 in 2013
  • Reduction in carbon emissions caused by deforestation: from 1.13 billion tons in 1990 to 467 million tons in 2014

Brazil became the world´s leader in reducing carbon emissions and proved itself able to take climate action if determined to. A low carbon development path can help Brazil tackle key inequality issues more quickly, including access to energy and mobility. Brazil is one of the few countries that has the conditions, including the following, to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050:

  • Significant social demands: 90% of the Brazilians believe that climate change is harming people now.
  • Increasing economic opportunities for low carbon business such as: innovation, economic incentives and multilateral collaboration.
  • Huge natural heritance: including solar, wind, land and forest.
  • Solid democratic structure of the country.

The Brazilian Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Brazil´s role at the COP 21 show that there is political will for climate change mitigation.

iCS believes that, through strong civic action, political will and economic incentives, we can change Brazil´s production and consumption in order to detach Brazil´s emissions from its economic development.

iCS’ Vision

A prosperous, just Brazil that leads the transition to 1.5°C.

iCS’ Mission

iCS´ mission is to enable the conditions and the architecture for society and decision makers to make informed choices about its future development path.
Therefore, we strive to become a recognized center of excellence in philanthropy for climate change in Brazil by:

  • Grant Making: supporting and enabling organizations and projects of civil society, academia, and governments
  • Mobilizing Resources: engaging national and international philanthropic and other financial actors
  • Convening: connecting partners and catalyzing actions across various parts of society.