Biofuels & the Green Energy Push – Brazil-U.S. Cooperation in Implementing Carbon Emissions Reduction Policies


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Late last year, the Brazilian government introduced a new biofuels policy program to meet its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement’s section on “Nationally Determined Contributions” to reduce carbon emissions.  RenovaBio, as the program is known, was approved in record time by the Brazilian Congress and signed into law by President Michael Temer in December. Based in part on the US Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the State of California’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the new Brazilian program has opened space for renewed cooperation between the world’s largest producers of biofuels.
A delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, charged with the new program’s implementation, and Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) will come to the Wilson Center for a public conversation on RenovaBio. The delegation will be in Washington for meetings with the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the RFS and the LCFS, in order to improve the development and implementation of the new policy in Brazil.

Introduction:
**Joel Velasco, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group

Moderator:
**Anna C. Prusa, Program Associate

Speakers:
**Aurélio Amaral, Director, Brazil’s National Agency for Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels
**Miguel Ivan Lacerda, Director, Biofuel Department, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy
**Geoff Cooper, Vice-President, Renewable Fuels Association
**Dan Sperling, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis

Location

Woodrow Wilson Center
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 4th Fl
Washington DC 20004

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