Sustainable Industry

COP26: Brazil could lead decarbonization of the global economy

The President of CNI emphasized the role of industrial sector in Brazil’s ability to lead the decarbonization process

President of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) Robson Braga de Andrade said that Brazil is fully capable of leading decarbonization of the global economy and securing a prominent position as a supplier of biodiversity products. Mr. Andrade attended the opening session of the Brazil-Glasgow Pavilion at COP26 remotely from Brasilia.

He stressed that the Brazilian industrial sector is already making massive investments in sustainability. “Reducing or even eliminating greenhouse gas emissions is one of the priorities of many industrial sectors, and many companies have already committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050,” he said.

Government says Brazil is the solution to climate change

President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro emphasized Brazil’s biodiversity potential. “We have the greatest biodiversity, the largest and richest forest cover and one of the largest ocean areas on the planet. When it comes to climate change, we have always been part of the solution,” he said.

President Bolsonaro mentioned the launch of the National Green Growth Program, which is designed to put environmental concerns at the forefront of the economic agenda. “By advancing a green economy, the program will inform actions to protect and conserve the environment through economic incentives, resource allocation and attraction of investments. As a result, we will be focusing on projects for forest conservation, rational use of resources and greenhouse gas reduction, and this will also help create green jobs,” said the president.

Environment Minister Joaquim Leite reaffirmed that the country is a “green powerhouse” and announced a new climate target to reduce carbon emissions from 43% to 50% by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. These will be formally announced during the COP26.

“I would like to stress our commitments generating an emission neutral economy while ensuring that jobs and income are created. Brazil’s contributions to overcoming the challenges are on the table. The federal government will make every effort to achieve a positive outcome for the country and the world,” he said.

Brazil at COP26 

The CNI-based studio will stage several debates during COP26, and will provide an interface between the Brazilian officials in Glasgow and officials attending remotely from Brazil. The Glasgow studio is located in the Brazil Pavilion, a partnership between the CNI, CNA and Apex.