Brazil needs to expand investments in innovation and technology in order to become more efficient and productive in the rational use of natural resources, which is a key point in the country’s transition into a low-impact emissions economy. This was the key point of the Forum on Development and Low Carbon Economy, organized by Instituto Escolhas, a Clima e Sociedade grantee, in partnership with Insper and Folha de São Paulo on Wednesday, November 23. During the event, low carbon economy issues were the focus of the debates.

“It was very important to see the auditorium with about 400 people, full of “heavyweights” of the economy, discussing this matter. Low carbon issues come into perspective in any economic reform” said Ana Toni.

In this context, she said, it is important to think about how to organize Brazil, a country that is going through a serious crisis and recession, at the same time that the low carbon guidelines are incorporated into national structures that are in the process of reformulation. The agenda, therefore, is no longer in a contest against the economy; instead it must engage with the economy to find financial and climate solutions.

In a scenario of uninterrupted increase in the demand for material goods and basic supplies, such as food and energy, Brazil’s path must necessarily go through an increase in productivity. Areas such as energy, agribusiness, biomaterials and reforestation are key in the transition into a low carbon economy.

Forum Participants

Ana Toni, director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade

Ricardo Abramovay, full professor – FEA-USP

Bernard Appy, director of the Center for Fiscal Citizenship

José Roberto Mendonça de Barros, founder of MB Associados

Hector Gomez, manager of the International Finance Corporation

Ricardo Sennes, economist – Consultoria Prospectiva

José Augusto Coelho Fernandes, director of the National Industry Confederation – CNI

Marcos Jank, global director of BRF

Sergio Leitão, director of Instituto Escolhas

Luiz Barroso, president of Empresa de Pesquisa Energética

Celina Carpi, chairwoman of the Board of Instituto Ethos

Jorge Arbache, secretary of the Ministry of Planning

Marcos Lisboa, president of Insper

Carlos Nobre, member of the Brazilian Academy of Science

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