Developing Low Carbon Economies in Latin America

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Next month, leaders from around the world and climate change specialists will meet in Germany to negotiate specific actions and frameworks to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement. In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) determined that there is a need to reach global carbon neutrality (“net decarbonization”) between 2055 and 2070 in order to keep the global temperature from warming more than 2 degrees.

Latin America has emerged at the forefront of global efforts to move toward a fossil fuel-free future, supported by a large endowment of renewable resources and an increasingly favorable policy environment. A 2016 UNEP-DTU Report Zero Carbon Latin America found that Latin America and the Caribbean are capable of achieving net decarbonization by the middle of this century through targeted, dedicated policies.

Join us for a conversation with Walter Vergara, the author of the 2016 report and an expert on climate change mitigation efforts in Latin America. Vergara will present actions that could be taken to achieve net decarbonization – including in energy, transportation, land use, and industry – assess projects already being implemented across the region, and discuss the combinations of policy, technology innovation, and economic conditions that will impact this process.

**Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute

**Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

This conversation is part of the ongoing “Managing Our Planet” series, jointly developed by George Mason University and the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program. The series, now in its sixth year, is premised on the fact that humanity’s impacts are planetary in scale and require planetary-scale solutions.


Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 6th Floor
Washington DC 20004

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