Sustainable Industry

The Brazilian industry stands by COP26 positions concerning illegal deforestation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

To Brazil’s National Industry Confederation (CNI), Climate Conference discussions and agreements strengthen the productive sector’s role in creating a more sustainable society, and are aligned with the vision of national companies

The discussionsat the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow revealthat creatinga more sustainable society involves mobilizingthe productive sector. ToBrazil’sNational Industry Confederation (CNI), the agenda of global leaders against illegal deforestation and in defense of alow greenhouse-gas (GHG) economy highlights the importance of investing in innovation, and is aligned with the positioning of Brazilian companies. A recent CNI      survey reveals that 98% of medium and large industries in Brazilharbour some kind of sustainability initiative within their production processes.

According to CNI President Robson Braga de Andrade, “Brazilian industry has been aligned with the best global sustainability practices for decades, and sees the commitments made by global leaders at COP26 as an opportunity to galvanize its role in building an economy that is based on low greenhouse gas emissions.” “There’s no way the world can turn back now,” he adds.

In this sense, CNI’sactions arebased on four pillars: energy transition, carbon market, circular economy, and forest conservation. “Within this strategy, issues such as forest concessions in public areas, GHG mitigation, bioeconomy and solid waste management come into play; these topicsare aligned with the main discussions that are occurringat COP26, such as the fight against illegal deforestation and the agreement to reduce methane emissions”, says Mr. Andrade.

Industry Day

CNI has been followingallCOP26 meetings closely – and, on Tuesday (9), Brazil’s Industry Day at the Conference, the Confederation will presentexamples of Brazil’s extraordinary capacity toimplement concreteactions towards      a more sustainable world. Also, by linkingGlasgow andBrazil through interconnected studios, the South American country’s participation in the biggest debate on global climate will be made even more democratic.

The agenda includes solutions that have taken clean electricity to remote communities in the Brazilian wetlands (Pantanal); a biomass boiler; the use of biomethane in steel production and power generation; a floating açaí factory in the Amazon; and forest conservation cases based on sustainable forest management, for example.

Objective data revealthat renewable sources make up 85% of Brazil’selectricalmatrix;in other OECD countries, however, this number varies between18% and27%. Dataalso reveal that, in certainsectors such as concrete, Brazilian industry emits three times less CO2 than the global average. Its aluminum recycling rates are also some of the highest in the world.

Brazil, in general,and its industry, specifically, are facing the challenge of presentingtheirgood practices; of becomingan inspiration to international stakeholders; and of attracting sustainable businesses to thisgreat nation, whose ultimate vocation is to lead the environmental agendaacross the planet.