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Brazil: Energy efficiency report highlights COVID-19 impact

Brazil’s Energy Research Office (EPE) has released its Atlas of Energy Efficiency in Brazil 2020 – Indicators Report.

Some of the key takeaways from the report include the importance of non-motorised transport such as walking and cycling to counteract the impact rising car travel has on air quality and traffic congestion. It also serves as a reminder of the continuing benefits of public transport. The report also points out that ensuring appliance labels are visible for online purchases is becoming increasingly important. This helps customers make informed decisions on appliance efficiency as online shopping continues to grow.

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This is the fourth report by the EPE, which supports Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and energy through studies and research on energy planning. This year, a chapter jointly authored by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the EPE places a special focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Brazils energy efficiency sector. It explores behaviour changes in transport and households and specifically delves into the impact of the pandemic on energy efficiency jobs.

It is clear that COVID-19 pandemic has it employment in sectors such a construction, where many energy efficiency jobs are concentrated. In line with the IEA’s Special Report on Sustainable Growth, the Atlas emphasises there is an opportunity to build on existing efficiency programmes to expands jobs in this sector.

Cement sector’s high carbon emissions makes it key target for energy efficiency measures

The cement sector is one of the highest-emitting sectors worldwide and is thus the focus of a chapter co-authored by the IEA, the EPE and the Brazilian National Union for the Cement Industry (SNIC). The chapter explores the evolution of Brazil’s cement sector since the 1970s, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and carbon emissions. Key highlights include an analysis of how Brazil has modernised its cement industry to become a global leader, and opportunities for further efficiency gains and emissions reductions.

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This is the second year that the IEA has cooperated with the EPE on the Atlas of Energy Efficiency. It demonstrates the opportunities that continued cooperation can provide to advance energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and the economy.  

The IEA’s Special Report on Sustainable Growth shows how it is possible to simultaneously spur economic growth, create millions of jobs and put emissions into structural decline. It points out the largest amount of new jobs deliberately created in the energy sector would be in retrofitting buildings and other measures to include their efficiency.

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith is a Content Specialist for ESI Africa.