4 ways Brazil can lead on climate

Viviane Romeiro and Rachel Biderman, Green Biz, 10/1/2015

Brazil, the world’s seventh-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has the relevant tools and policies it needs to become a leader in the fight to deal with climate change.

This opportunity comes at a pivotal time for Brazil: Its national climate plan — its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) — should be submitted within days as part of global climate negotiations, while a national economic crisis, drought and energy uncertainty inform Brazil’s decisions at home.

A new WRI report, Bridging the Gap Between Energy and Climate Policies in Brazil, finds that Brazil could act to change its energy mix and move toward a lower-carbon economy, but it needs to strengthen existing policies to amplify its impact to join other key climate players including China, the United States and Mexico.

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