Sustentável 2016 – The main sustainability event in Brazil

“The global entry in the green economy is inevitable, irresistible and irreversible,” said Marina Grossi, president of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS in Portuguese) in the opening of ‘Sustentável2016’ – 8th Congress of Sustainable Development, promoted by the council on October 25 at the Museum of Tomorrow (RJ). With full attendance during the eight hours of the meeting, Sustentável 2016 brought together business, government, academia and civil society, with more than 500 attendees and more than 520 views during the live broadcast of the event.

Divided into four panels, Sustentável 2016 gathered leading international and national experts and imposed the challenge not to limit the discussion to the theory, bringing inspiring examples of new practices. The topics discussed were: sustainability in a crisis scenario, a new relationship of business with natural resources, the future of cities and sustainable mobility and where we come from, where we are and where we will go.

The panel ‘The future of cities and sustainable mobility’ was attended by Rasmus Valanko, Director of Energy and Climate of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Mobility was an important point of discussion, including the direct impact on reducing carbon emissions, as well as social engagement, waste treatment, power generation and buildings, issues that directly influence the Brazilian capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN by 2050.

In the last panel there was the participation of the President of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Maria Silvia Bastos Marques. She mentioned the partnership of CEBDS with We Mean Business (WMB), a global coalition of leaders that revolutionize their business practices in light of commitments to use renewable energy, ending deforestation in the production chain and pricing carbon.

The Sustentável 2016 had sponsorship of Bradesco, Itaú and Santander. At the end, there were honored Israel Klabin and the founders of CEBDS, Erling Sven Lorentzen and Eliezer Batista, who was represented by his son, Harald


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