It is increasingly common to use the term low carbon economy. You may have read or heard about it countless times. But what does it mean, and why is it considered to be the economy for the climate of the future? These and other questions were answered on World Environment Day, when Gustavo Pinheiro, coordinator of the iCS Low Carbon Economy portfolio, participated in the podcast The Climate Between Us, in a conversation with Josélia Pegorim.
“Carbon is in everything. It is in us, in our chemical composition, in the air, in almost all materials. What we want to avoid is the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and one of the gases with a very significant effect is carbon dioxide, CO2. Carbon has become the unit that we use to measure how much countries and companies are emitting. The accumulation of these gases worsens the greenhouse effect. This is why we speak of a low carbon economy. This is an economy in which we need to transform our economic matrixes in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and attempt to maintain climate stability, which is the climate that has allowed society to evolve and to develop,” he explains.