The Sustainable Development Goals, of the UN, and the Nationally Determined Contributions, of the Paris Agreement, will be the center of discussion. The first event takes place on December 2, with the participation of scientists from Brazil and the United Kingdom. At that time, the Centre will present is contributions in this regard.

On December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, the FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) will hold the first of a series of four online events involving representatives from academe, companies, government, and the United Nations. The objective is to discuss the main challenges for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations (UN), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of the Paris Agreement, via energy transfer and the mitigation of climate change.

In this first event, which will be broadcast live on YouTube, scientists from Brazil and the United Kingdom will share their views on the subject. From Brazil, the participants are Marcos Buckeridge, Director of USP’s Biosciences Institute; Flavio Hourneaux, Professor in the Administration Department of USP’s School of Economics, Administration and Accounting; and Karen Mascarenhas, Director of Human Resources at RCGI and researcher at USP’s Institute of Psychology and Imperial College London. Representatives from the UK are Stelvia Matos, Head of the Center for Social Innovation Management at the University of Surrey; and Adam Hawkes, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Gas at Imperial College London. RCGI’s scientific Director, Julio Meneghini, will open the event. The Moderator will be Gustavo Assi, the Centre’s Director of Knowledge Dissemination and Communications.

Sustainability Report – At the event, a video will also be presented that portrays the center’s first five years, providing an overview of the RCGI, its main achievements and how its research projects fit within the SDGs. The video is based on a sustainability report, which will be launched during the event.

“This is the third round of an evaluation started in 2018 with the members of the center. In addition to collecting data, we seek to explore how researchers envision the contribution of their research projects to society. In the previous round, we went deeper into this issue involving all researchers and, today, we have a clear perception of how each project can contribute to the SDGs,” says Karen Mascarenhas, who has been coordinating this work at the RCGI.

According to her, the RCGI has been developing dozens of projects in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. “Research projects will continue to evolve in this direction, but with a greater involvement of triple helix partners – academe, government, and companies,” he adds.



Integrating the sustainable development goals into energy transition and climate-change mitigation: views from Brazil and the UK – Main challenges and emerging issues.

When: December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

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About the RCGI: The FAPESP Shell Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) is a research center funded by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) and by Shell. It has about 400 researchers working on 46 research projects, divided into five programs: Engineering; Physicochemical; Energy and Economy Policies; CO2 abatement; and Geophysics. The Centre develops advanced studies of the sustainable use of natural gas, biogas, and hydrogen, as well as the management, transport, storage, and use of CO2. Learn more at:





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