Brazilian climate politics
As the ninth-largest economy in the world, Brazil will play a crucial role in global efforts to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Until recently, the country has played a leading role in international climate efforts, but since the election of President Bolsonaro in January 2019, Brazil’s climate policies have been overturned almost in their entirety. Efforts to preserve the Amazon, promote renewable energy, plan for sustainable urban mobility, foster adaptation, and encourage low-carbon agricultural practices have all been halted under Bolsonaro’s populist administration.
In this webinar, Associate Professor André Felipe Simões from the University of São Paulo will examine Brazilian climate politics, the abrupt loss of the country’s protagonism and the impact on international efforts to mitigate climate change. The seminar will also discuss some correlated issues, such as the lack of policies for the progressive elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, some of the successful subnational climate-change policies carried out by states and municipalities and the consequences of eliminating the Brazilian enviornmental agency’s budget for fire prevention.
André Felipe Simões is an Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil where he teaches Energy and Environmental Planning. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Metallurgical Engineering, and completed his PhD in Energy Planning at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2003. Associate Professor Simões has also acted as an official member of the Brazilian Delegation at the Conferences of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC, and as a reviewer of IPCC Assessment Reports. He currently serves as Scientific Advisor to the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) and is a member of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC) and the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC).
Associate Professor Simões is currently in Australia as a visiting researcher with the Australian-German Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne.