RenovaBio: seminar addresses next steps in transforming Brazil’s energy matrix
In order to answer questions and provide clarifications regarding regulation of the RenovaBio program, launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), FGV Energy, the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), and the Energy Research Office (EPE), held the event ‘RenovaBio – Next Steps’ on February 1, 2018, at FGV’s Cultural Center. The event introduced the main initiatives to be adopted by the MME, ANP, and EPE to effectively implement the program.
The main goal of RenovaBio is to expand the share of biofuels within the country’s energy matrix and make sure the Paris Agreement is followed, decarbonizing the transport sector. One year after its submission, Law No. 13.576, which addresses the National Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio), was sanctioned in December 2017 by the federal government.
ANP Director, Aurélio Amaral, listed the agency’s main tasks to ensure the program runs smoothly, and mentioned that the ANP is being structured to such end, with the creation of a coordination of biofuels, given its relevance. EPE Director, José Mauro Coelho, presented the support models of RenovaBio, based on inflationary, social, and health impacts, among others.
Next, the CEO of ÚNICA, Elizabeth Farina, and the Superintendent Director of UBRABIO, Donizete Tokarski, respectively presented the prospects of the ethanol and biodiesel sectors, considering the program’s deployment. Tamar Roitman, researcher from FGV Energy, talked about the Biofuels Booklet released in September 2017. The booklet has an entire chapter dedicated to RenovaBio, discussing the opportunities it creates to strengthen the presence of biofuels in the country.