Worldwide production of natural gas has been growing since the crisis of 2009, according to the International Energy Agency; In Brazil, the government is attempting to boost the NG market

On August 12, starting at 2:00 pm, the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) will hold the Workshop “Perspectives on the increased use of natural gas and the impacts on social well-being.” The speakers will be Luis Antônio Bittar Venturi, Professor in the School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences of USP and Coordinator of one of the projects of the RCGI; Diogo Martins Teixeira, attorney associated with the Machado Meyer office, who is a specialist in customs law and indirect taxation. Professor Edmilson Moutinho dos Santos, Coordinator of the RCGI’s Energy and Economy Policies Program will be the Moderator.

The event is being organized by the RCGILex team, coordinated by Professor Hirdan K. Medeiros Costa, and will take place at the RCGI’s headquarters, on the 1st floor of the Mechanical and Naval Engineering Building of USP’s Polytechnic School (Av. Professor Mello Moraes, 2231 – Butantan, São Paulo). There is no charge and it is open to the general public. To register, send an e-mail to

“The presentation will be divided into two parts: the first refers to concrete evidence of the perspective of an increased use of natural gas, throughout the country and worldwide. The second alludes to the possible effects of that increase in the level of social well-being, based on several parameters, such as safe energy, quality of the air, and costs,” Venturi summarized.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global production of natural gas has been growing since the economic crisis of 2009. In 2017, it set a new production record of 3.768 billion cubic meters, which was an increase of 3.6% over 2016 and the largest since 2010. At the same time, in Brazil, with the advent of the pre-salt reserves, the government has attempted, once again, to establish guidelines for a more vibrant and competitive market. Recently, the National Council on Energy Policy (CNPE) published Resolution 16 with a view to implementing the New Natural Gas Market, which is a Federal program whose purpose is to expand the country’s natural gas industry, through the States joining the program.

The event is a part of a series of presentations and workshops developed nearly two years ago by the team that watches over and maintains the RCGILex – a set of digital editorial products used to compile and analyze the legal and regulatory standards applied to the Brazilian natural gas sector, developed within the scope of the RCGI’s Project 21.

“The workshops and presentations generate content that feeds back into the RCGILex tool, where we gather the norms and comment on them. And they also provide us with an increase in our network of contacts, in the interaction with other projects of the RCGI, and a constant updating of our knowledge,” states Professor Hirdan K. Medeiros Costa.