adilson de oliveira am 11.12.2015 - 20:54

Dear Sybille

Your paper offers a nice,clear assessment of the distance the Brazilian and the German approaches to renewable energies. This distance has its historical roots in the driving forces that led Brazil and Germany to push the use of renewable in their energy matrix. In Brazil, the main driving force was the country large dependence of oil imports to be used in the transportation sector. The use of renewable in the power sector was and still is not perceived as a need. Indeed, the Brazilian establishment is committed to the construction of large hydropower plants in Amazonia The establishment can hardly understand and accept any the criticism to that decision..

Cintia is absolutely right to point out that the idyllic presentation of the Brazilian renewable approach by its establishment is far from the reality, especially as far the work conditions in the sugar cane production that has not much changed in the last centuries.

I believe that the energy cooperation between Germany and Brazil must drive its focus beyond the narrow view of increasing the share of renewable in the energy matrix. The transition to renewable energy will take decades and the secure supply of oi is essential for a safe, peaceful energy transition. Although there is a situation of over supply of oil in these days, a large share of it is sourced at quite unreliable places. Brazil has the oil resources to become a substantial supplier of oil to the German ( European) energy transition.

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