Brazilian organizations unite in alliance to fight climate change

By Craig A. Johnson | August 10, 2009
Report posted Sept. 4, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. CST

Fourteen major Brazilian organizations representing the agribusiness, planted forests and bioenergy sectors recently announced the creation of the Brazilian Climate Alliance, with the goal of contributing solid proposals for the negotiations related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Brazilian Climate Alliance stresses that Brazil, a country with one of the cleanest energy matrixes in the world, with over 40 percent of its makeup originating from renewable sources, should play a leading role in global climate discussions.

The Alliance's position paper highlights the global nature of the challenges linked to climate change as a key factor for organizations to unite behind a single effort. The document also points to the need for coordinated and urgent steps that prioritize available technologies that are economically viable and ensure short-term impact.

The strong contribution made by the sectors that form the Alliance to climate change mitigation is emphasized, especially because they are sources of renewable energy, such as ethanol, biodiesel, planted forests, wood charcoal and other forms of biomass capable of substituting fossil and highly polluting fuels. Together, the products from the sectors represented in the Alliance account for over 20 percent of the entire Brazilian energy matrix.

According to Carlo Lovatelli, president of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association, "In the Alliance's view, the position paper is a work in progress that will evolve as negotiations and other initiatives along the same lines progress."

Organizations that form the Brazilian Climate Alliance are:
ABAG - Brazilian Agribusiness Association
ABAG/RP - Brazilian Agribusiness Association for the Ribeirao Preto region
ABIOVE - Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries
ABRAF - Brazilian Association of Forest Plantation Producers
ABTCP - Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association
ALCOPAR - Association of Alcohol and Sugar Producers of the State of Parana Association
ARES - Institute for Responsible Agribusiness
BIOSUL - Bioenergy Producers Association of Mato Grosso do Sul
BRACELPA - Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association
ICONE (technical support) - Institute for International Trade Negotiations
ORPLANA - Sugarcane Growers Association of the Center South Region of Brazil
SIAMIG - Alcohol Manufacturing Industry's Union of Minas Gerais
SIFAEG - Syndicate of the Industry of Fabrication of Alcohol of the State of Goias
UNICA - Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association