ECONOMIC RECOVERY | European Union - Brazil
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTED DEBATE ON THE NEW GREEN ECONOMIC PACKAGE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND PERSPECTIVES FOR BRAZIL
In the DIALOGUES webinar, the General Director of Climate Action for the European Union, Yvon Slingenberg, summoned Brazil to act in partnership with Europe: "I will not minimize our diverging views, but we stand ready to work with the country's authorities to reach important and necessary agreements for global sustainability."
The German Embassy and Instituto Clima e Sociedade (ICS) promoted today, June 10, the 12th edition of the cycle of seminars Dialogues for a Sustainable Future. Counting with approximately 500 participants, including authorities, experts, economists, technicians and journalists, the panel Climate Change and Economic Recovery brought together Yvon Slingenberg, General Director of Climate Action at the European Commission; economist Camila Gramkow, Economic Affairs Officer at ECLAC - UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Gustavo Fontenelle, Head of the Green Economy division of the Secretariat for the Development of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy.
“We are anxious to support Brazil so that the country can enjoy the benefits of an emissions-neutral future. "I will not minimize our diverging views, but we stand ready to work with the country's authorities to accomplish important and necessary agreements for global sustainability."
General Director of Climate Action at the European Commission
In a propositional debate in which the urgency for global action was unanimous, the event promoted a reflection based on the policies adopted by the European Union with the new green economic package launched on May 27 and on measures suggested by ECLAC in its Big Push Initiative. Concerning Brazil, examples were presented of measures that the government has already put in place when it comes to sustainability, from the perspective of the Secretariat for the Development of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation. Green Economy Coordinator of the secretariat, which functions under the Ministry of Economy, Gustavo Fontenelle states that the government is open to negotiations and projects to be carried out jointly with other countries in order to achieve a feasible green recovery.
“For us, it is more than clear that sustainable development is the only way to go forward. Sustainability and competitiveness are our mission. However, due to budgetary constraints, the green recovery in Brazil is limited when compared to the New Green Deal. Brazil is a large and diverse country and there are many challenges to overcome. There is an urgent need to implement the best environmental, social and governance practices in the country."
Head of the Green Economy division of the Secretariat for the Development of Industry
In addition, He says that a project has already been submitted to EUROCLIMA+ to assist the Ministry of the Economy in quantifying the benefits and impacts of sustainability. “We contacted the European Union Delegation in Brazil and presented a project. We have also requested assistance from the World Resources Institute to provide the appropriate 'economic lenses' to assist the Secretariat for the Development of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation in assessing the Brazilian green economy. We understand that without properly measuring the economic dimension of climate change and sustainability in Brazil, there will be restrictions to prioritize the climate change agenda and to define the best policies and actions.”
Camila Gramkow, Economic Affairs Officer at ECLAC - the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, warned that “the lack of firm action and a strategic plan when it comes to climate change will cost between 5 and 25% of countries' annual GDP.” In other words, the economist says that it is important to implement measures now to solve problems that tend to increase much more in the future.
One of the topics discussed by the three experts was deforestation in the Amazon. Gustavo Fontenelle defended current government programs such as the New Green Amazon program, which aims at promoting a supplementary model of sustainable development for the region and is also based on improving the business environment and increasing the bioeconomy. “The Ministry of the Economy takes the green agenda seriously, but we still lack the proper tools to bring about transformational change. That is why we are present in this discussion, to think about partnerships and agreements.”
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