The bioeconomy has been pointed out as a solution for the preservation of the Amazon Forest. An unprecedented study points out biogas as the best option for the region, as it is a fuel produced from organic matter. Biogas could compete perfectly with other sources in government energy auctions, and in the form of bio-methane could replace diesel imports, which would reduce emissions of polluting gases by 85%.
SPIC Brazil, announced a binding agreement to initially purchase 33% of the GNA I and GNA II projects, located in the Port of Açu, which add 3 GW in power generation capacity from liquefied natural gas (LNG). The total planned investment for the GNA gas and power complex is estimated at approximately $5 bn.
A survey by the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (ABSOLAR) shows that the sector has reversed more than R$ 9 billion ($1.6 bn) in the last eight years with taxes on equipment installed in distributed generation projects connected to the national electricity system. According to ABSOLAR, the source has already generated more than R$ 31 billion ($5.6 bn) in private investments in the country, creating about 180 thousand jobs.
Ibama rejected the application for a preliminary license to install the offshore wind farm Caucaia, in Ceará. The 598 MW project is a partnership between the Italian company Imprese and Sviluppo and the businessman Lucio Bonfim. The environmental impact study (EIA/Rima) was rejected and the preliminary license was denied for the second time, due to deficiencies in port solutions and impacts on the beach of the Ceará coast.
Bus manufacturer Marcopolo presents the Attivi Express, its new model of articulated urban bodywork dedicated to electric propulsion chassis. The model is part of the launch of the project of the first light vehicle on 100% electric in Brazil. The supply of the VLPs will be the responsibility of BYD, global leader in the manufacture and commercialisation of electric vehicles, which chose Marcopolo as a partner in the development of this pioneering model in Brazil.
With a mostly clean energy matrix and a history of initiatives to develop more sustainable fuels with ethanol and biodiesel, Brazil is preparing for the second generation of biofuels with a focus on green diesel, also known as renewable diesel, HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) or renewable Paraffin Diesel.
The federal government will reduce its participation in Vale mining company by 100%, highlighting that it is not an objective of public authorities to be shareholders of companies. The government still had a participation in Vale and is reducing its participation until it sells 100%. The government will substantially reduce its portfolio of companies and its hedge fund.
StartSe, dedicated to photovoltaic power generation, will inaugurate the construction of a solar plant in Ceará. The structure will be in Potengi and intends to supply up to 5 thousand homes. In total 25 thousand photovoltaic modules of 400w of power each will be implemented, totalling a plant with power of 10 MW. Ceará occupies a prominent position as a centralised solar energy producer in the country, with a total of 950.1 MW of power.
The areas with an alert for deforestation in the Amazon increased 34.5% in the period of one year, according to data released by the Space Research Institute (Inpe). From August 2019 to July 31 of this year, there was an alert for deforestation of 9,205 km² of forest area, an area more than six times the size of the city of São Paulo.
According to a survey conducted by Estadão, based on government and bank estimates, the pandemic is expected to cost around R$ 700 billion ($ 140 bn) in 2020 alone, the equivalent of almost 10% of GDP and R$ 3,300 ($660) for each Brazilian. From the public accounts point of view, this represents almost six times the deficit forecast for this year before the pandemic, of R$ 124.1 billion ($25 bn).