This paper (in Portuguese only) presents the motivation of our international research project “Integrated Modeling of the Land Use, Water and Energy Nexus of Brazilian Biofuels Expansion under Climate Change” (CLIMA), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Brazil’s biofuels are often cited as a success story, not only for domestic demand, but also regarding supply of international markets, given accounts on relatively low greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), little induced deforestation due to high availability of land for energy crops, and social inclusion targets for family farmers. In this context, the European Union and others have started bilateral negotiations with Brazil on sustainble biofuels development, where the country is seen as a test case for the expansion of the sector as a whole, with strict criteria for both social and environmental concerns.
Obermaier, M.; King, C.; Moreira, M. (2013). Cooperação internacional para o desenvolvimento de biocombustíveis sustentáveis – um exemplo brasileiro-alemão. Cadernos Adenauer 14, pp. 81-98.