Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and Environment (Centro Clima)

CLIMA is coordinated by Centro Clima, a Brazilian research institute on climate change and environmental research hosted at the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). Recent activities of Centro Clima include support to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA) on long-term climate mitigation action plans together with the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change.

In CLIMA, Centro Clima is responsible for overall project management, macroeconomic and transport modelling, community perspectives and stakeholder integration process. This includes activities such as projecting future demand for biofuels, designing and implementing baseline and alternative policy scenarios for economic growth and transportation mobility, estimating impacts of agricultural expansion on food accessibility, or carrying out a scoping study on vulnerability of communities to land use change and climate extremes.

Agroicone Ltda.

Agroicone is a Brazilian think tank for land use modelling and policy advice on biofuel and agricultural policies. Among other, Agroicone has actively participated in the design of different biofuels regulations and private certification schemes, including the development of the U.S. EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) regulation and representation of Brazil at the Working Group 4 (Indirect effects) of the ISO/TC 248 certification process for biofuels.

Agroicone is responsible for CLIMA’s land use modelling through BLUM (Brazilian Land Use Model), providing an effective link between the macroeconomic energy-economy assessment by Centro Clima and water basin scale projections developed by University of Texas at Austin. Experience with public and private sector consultation also helps the project’s stakeholder integration strategy and dissemination of project results, including to biofuel certification bodies.

University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin)

University of Texas at Austin is a major research university in the United States. The principal investigators involved in this project work with UT-Austin’s Energy Institute and the Bureau of Economic Geology of the Jackson School of Geosciences, and have extensive experience in modelling water balances as a function of land use, policy and technologies relevant to the water and energy nexus, using models to facilitate stakeholder engagement in water, energy, and land use issues.
In CLIMA the University of Texas at Austin performs water balance modelling for crops, land uses and industrial facilities required for modelling biofuel expansion in Brazil. One important activity is the estimation of climate change on future crop productivity, including biofuel feedstock such as soybean and sugarcane.

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