In a meeting with CEBDS businessmen, Minister Marina Silva discusses priority projects for the country

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Marina Silva, presented the priorities of her management and debated proposals that relate to the Brazilian business sector last Tuesday, February 14, in a meeting with 29 CEOs of large companies with performance in Brazil. The meeting was promoted by CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development).

“Despite all the advances, we still have an implementation deficit by the government and companies”, said the minister, referring to climate change and the actions that have already been adopted and that still need to be put into practice to face this global crisis.

Marina Silva participated in the CEBDS Council of Leaders, a forum that brings together the highest leaders of companies associated with the entity and that discusses strategic topics for the sustainable development of Brazil. At the meeting, the productive sector and the minister discussed possibilities for joint action.

“We're going to do something we've done in the past: turn good ideas into public policy. Science says a lot of things that politicians put on the shelf; and companies have a series of experiences that work for them and can work in the public service, to some extent, just as there are many things in the public service that work in companies”, highlighted Marina Silva.

One of the themes addressed was the creation of a regulated carbon market in Brazil. For her, this mechanism can attract investment and generate jobs with the forest standing. The topic is a banner of the business sector and has been defended by CEBDS since 2016. Congress has been debating the topic in recent years, with the analysis of bills in both the Chamber and the Senate.

“Our commitment is to put this instrument [regulated carbon market] in place. It is important because it brings the possibility of investments, contributing to the creation of jobs and keeping the forest standing. But we understand that it is not the only [instrument] and that it will not solve everything.”

Marina Silva also highlighted the projects in Congress related to the subject and said that "the government will join these efforts, so that we have the best possible regulation". According to the minister, the great challenge for Brazil is to give credibility to carbon credits. “The bottleneck is in regulation. We need regulation that is up to global challenges.”

The creation of a regulated Brazilian carbon market has the support of the companies led by CEBDS, who see the mechanism as an attractive and strategic agenda. Brazil is one of the countries with the greatest potential for selling credits, with the potential to generate net revenues of up to US$ 72 billion by 2030, according to the Environmental Defense Fund – money that could stimulate innovation in the productive sector and finance the transition to a competitive green economy and inclusive. know more here.

Marina Silva also highlighted to the CEOs the creation of the National Council on Climate Change, with the participation of the government, the scientific community and different segments of society, including the productive sector. “Considering that government and business have the most weight in the implementation process, it makes sense to have business representation.”

The president of CEBDS, Marina Grossi, also pointed out at the meeting the importance of government and companies integrating efforts to promote sustainable development. “We welcome the creation of the National Council on Climate Change and reinforce the importance of representativeness and participation of the Brazilian business sector in this important forum, together with federal government ministries, society and subnational governments. CEBDS, due to its long history in the field, makes itself available to contribute to this work.”

At the meeting, the minister also discussed strategies for advancing basic sanitation and energy transition, two topics that are part of the proposals from the business sector to the government.

29 CEOs were present at the meeting, representing companies from different sectors, such as agribusiness, technology, sanitation, energy, logistics, mining, consulting, petrochemicals, transport, engineering, basic industry, food, cosmetics and electronics. The meeting also had as a guest Joaquim Levy, director of economic strategy and market relations at Banco Safra, in addition to former finance minister and former president of BNDES. Levy is an observer for the CEBDS Council of Leaders.



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