Women from a number of institutions, in Brazil and Latin America, will debate their inclusion, on an equal basis, in the task of promoting the transition to sustainable energy







Professors Suani Teixeira Coelho, Virginia Parente, and Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa, who are Project Coordinators of the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI), together with the Centre’s Leadership Director Karen Mascarenhas, Shell’s representative on the RCGI’s Executive Board, Camila Brandão, and researcher Drielli Peyerl will take part in the panels discussions of the Latin American launch of the Global Women’s Network for Energy Transition (GWNET). The event will take place in São Paulo, on June 18, at the Institute for Energy and the Environment of the University of São Paulo (IEE/USP).

The panel discussions are a part of the program of the Dialogue on Renewable Energy and Energy Transformation, which begins on the previous day (June 17). Click here to access the schedule and the link for free-of-charge registration. Two roundtables will be held, formed by women who will take part of the kickoff of the GWNET in Latin America, to be chaired by the Ambassador of Austria in Brazil and Suriname, Irene Giner-Reichl. Each of the roundtables will have ten participants, including representatives of research institutions, government agencies from Brazil and other Latin American countries, companies, universities, NGOs, and others. The RCGI staff members will take part in one of the roundtables.

“The Network’s launch will provide an opportunity for women who hold relevant positions in the area of renewable energy to collaborate in accelerating energy transition worldwide. Women can undoubtedly make important contributions to the evolution of a more sustainable worldwide energy matrix in environmental and social terms,” states Professor Suani Teixeira Coelho, full-professor of the IEE/USP, Coordinator of the Research Group on Bioenergy (GBio) and one of the event’s organizers.

“It is essential to include the subject of gender equality when discussing public policies, including employability in the energy sector. At the IEE, we have supported the insertion of women students, always with the desire for equal  opportunity,” adds IEE/USP Professor Hirdan Katarina de Medeiros Costa.

Brazil and renewable energy sources – The two-day Dialogue will also focus on the launch of the Globo Renewable Energy Sources Status Report 2019, of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). This will be the first time that the Report is launched in Brazil concurrently with the rest of the world. “This is proof of our country’s importance in the renewable energy sources sector, for our highly renewable energy matrix, and for our renewable energy incentive programs,” said Professor Suani Coelho.

According to the National Energy Balance Report 2018 (base year 2017), the Energy Research Company (EPE), 43% of the current energy supply in Brazil is composed of renewable types. Worldwide, the average percentage of renewable sources in the energy matrix is approximately 14%.