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ECONOMIC RECOVERY  | Germany - Brazil





The event brought together authorities and experts in a call to discuss how the climate crisis and its solutions have been considered a part of the crisis originated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The German Embassy and Instituto Clima e Sociedade (ICS) promoted on Tuesday, May 5, the 11th edition of the cycle of seminars Dialogues for a Sustainable Future. The panel Climate Change and Economic Recovery brought together Andrea Meyer, head of the Climate Policy Division of the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU), Till Kotter, international advisor to the Stifung 2 Foundation, and Brazilians Izabella Teixeira, former Minister of the Environment (2010-2016), and Carlos Eduardo Frickman Young, professor at the Institute of Economics of the Rio de Janeiro State University - UFRJ.

"We must consider that this may not be the last virus to cause a pandemic. And that is why we need to adopt measures that contemplate both social and ecological resilience"

Andrea Meyer

Head of Division "Strategic Aspects of Climate Policy ", The Federal Ministry of the Environment , Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The eventpromoteda comparative reflection between initiatives that are being adopted by the private sector and the German government, and the paths for Brazil, in an attempt to ensure consistency between recovery measures and the achievement of the climate objectives.


Till Kötter, of the Stifung 2 Foundation, detailed the expectations of the 68 major German companies which, in an unprecedented political gesture during the Petersberg Climate Dialogue XI (, announced in a joint public statement that they are prepared to assume the consequences of the post-covid19 crisis and that they maintain their commitment to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. The alliance brings together medium and large German companies - among them Bayer, Allianz, Schneider Electric and Unilever Germany - which together employ over 4 million people in segments ranging from the chemical industry to financial services, construction and mobility.

A ex-ministra brasileira do Meio Ambiente Izabella Teixeira analisou os desafios enfrentados hoje no Brasil na área ambiental e o pesquisador e professor da UFRJ Cadu Young apresentou estudos sobre o tamanho do mercado de trabalho verde no Brasil e seu potencial de crescimento.

Former Brazilian Minister for the Environment Izabella Teixeira analyzed the challenges faced today in Brazil in the environmental area, and UFRJ researcher and professor Cadu Young presented studies on the size of the green labor market in Brazil and its potential for growth.


A diretora do ICS, Ana Toni, mediou o debate.

"We know that in Brazil, as in other countries around the world, all dialogues are focused on the emergency situation of the pandemic. But we understand that in time everyone will be debating what kind of economic recovery we want and need. Germany was one of the first to think about this, and it is very important that we bring this debate to Brazil"

Ana Toni

Executive director of iCS



Head of Division "Strategic Aspects of Climate Policy ", The Federal Ministry of the Environment , Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

"We have a stable economic system, in which unemployment rates are not as alarming as in other countries. Nonetheless, we still face problems of organizations and manufacturing plants that overnight stopped selling: the automobile industry, for example, which is a complicated industrial segment when it comes to environmental issues.  Many segments believe that we must stop greenhouse gas reduction programs, when in fact we need to promote a clean energy economy. "The idea is to invest and create acceleration and development programs for green and sustainable organizations and industrial segments so that jobs are created, the economy is maintained and the proposed goal for carbon neutralization is met."


Senior Advisor for European and International Affairs, Stiftung 2° Foundation.

"One of the main points in the research we carried out with the companies that signed the agreement was to understand what they saw as a solution for the future. Many of them highlighted the fact that this crisis might bring a boost, an acceleration to projects and ideas for job creation within a more sustainable economy."


Former Minister of the Environment of Brazil 

The agreement we had on climate guidelines for 2015 no longer exists.  And I do not say that because of the health crisis, but rather because of international geopolitics. Brazil used to be one of the leading players in South America, a bridge between the developed countries of the European Union and developing countries.  A few years ago, Brazil did have an agenda full of debates on sustainability and green solutions for the world."  


Assistant professor at the Federal University (IE /UFRJ)

"Here in South America, the ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) already discusses the need for investments in infrastructure to make us more competitive without neglecting more egalitarian and fair policies.  Investments in infrastructure to transform our society."



Instituto Clima e Sociedade – iCS
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