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2nd Working Group on Carbon Emissions Policy and Regulation

May, 29th , 2013 - 08:30 Law School - University of São Paulo, Brazil

Approaches to international climate change policy and regulation have evolved substantially over the past decade. In light of modest results from the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the benefits of large, top-down international initiatives remain uncertain. Currently, several alternative tracks are being pursued simultaneously: first, the international community has agreed to an interim system of voluntary pledges under the Copenhagen/Cancun Agreements; second, national governments are imposing domestic policies that could evolve into linked cross-national systems; third, sub-national governments are experimenting with emissions reduction policies, and fourth, the international community has set a goal of re-negotiating a new, large scale, binding treaty by 2015. It is not clear yet which approaches might be the most successful ones, but a solid polycentric approach will depend on a robust international coordination and sound scientific communication.

In the case of Brazil, the country is also approaching a turning point in terms of its emissions profile. If deforestation rates are being reduced, the share of fossil fuels in the economy is ramping up. With massive investments in the pre-salt oil deposits that produces oil and associated natural gas; and without precautionary planning and policy, the Brazilian energy matrix could become overly dependent on fossil fuel expansion like other large polluters such as the US and China. On the one hand, this renders technologies and policies applied in these countries more directly applied to our reality. On the other hand, there is a window of opportunities to avoid such a change, and there is need for alternative regulation and policies to diversify our matrix and maintain the significant share of green energy.

The Research Group on Carbon Policies and Regulation of the University of Sao Paulo (NUPPREC-USP) is organizing a series of Working Groups to foster the discussion on different policies and regulations that might be useful for emission reductions in Brazil and other emerging economies. The 1st Working Group was held in March 7th, 2013 and the 2nd Working Group will be held in June, 2013 to explore the regulatory framework on climate change in Brazil and its future challenges. It will convene experts on current policies and regulations—in Brazil and elsewhere—that are being implemented in regions that are in the forefront of carbon emissions mitigation and other climate change related policies. The goal of this working group is supporting the discussion among local scholars and researchers, promoting a more effective participation in international forums were climate policy takes place.

09:0 - Opening session Prof. Dr. José Goldemberg, IEE – University of São Paulo (TBC)


Prof. Emilio La Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Prof. Alberto Amaral, Faculty of Law – University of Sao Paulo Prof. Dr. Fernando Rei, Faculty of Law – Catholic University of Santos (TBC) Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ana Nusdeo, Faculty of Law – University of Sao Paulo Chairman: Prof. Dr. André Felipe Simões, EACH – University of Sao Paulo


Dr. Guilherme Fagundes, Bovespa Dr. Marcelo Drugg Vianna, World Bank Prof. Dr. Nathan Hultman, University of Maryland Moderator: Prof. Dr. Virginia Parente, FEA - University of Sao Paulo Chairman: Prof. Dr. Paulo Almeida, EACH - University of Sao Paulo

12:30 - Closing remarks: Dr. Rachel Biderman Furriela

Steering Committee

University of Sao Paulo Prof. Sergio Pacca Prof. Virginia Parente Prof. Andre Felipe Simões Prof. Paulo Almeida Prof. Ana Nusdeo Viviane Romeiro, Ph.D. Student Karen Tanaka, Ph.D. Student

University of Maryland Prof. Nathan Hultman