Unlocking the Bioeconomy Agenda: Solutions to boost the sustainable use of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in Brazil – Executive Summary

Created by Instituto Escolhas and carried out in partnership with Nascimento & Mourão Advogados, the study analyzes the Biodiversity Law (13,123 / 2015) and the main difficulties faced by researchers, entrepreneurs and traditional communities to study and develop products based on the components of Brazilian socio-biodiversity. In addition to mapping the existing barriers, the study proposes solutions to, among other aspects, mitigate legal insecurity, unlock investments and increase the participation of community members in the system of access and sharing of benefits arising from the use of the Brazilian genetic heritage and traditional knowledge associated. The document is part of the Escolhas agenda to unlock the bioeconomy in the country.

Unlocking the Bioeconomy Agenda: solutions to boost forest concessions in Brazil – Executive Summary

Created by Instituto Escolhas, the study was carried out in partnership with the researcher Aldo de Cresci (Tess Advogados) and with the Coalizão Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura. The document presents proposals on forestry concessions to boost sustainable economic activities in public forests, which served as the basis for a new Bill presented in Congress.

The economy is in the air: what would Brazil gain with more efficient air conditioning? – Executive Summary

This study, which was envisioned by Instituto Escolhas and carried out by researchers Carlos Alberto Manso and Felipe Bastos, from the Federal University of Ceará, analyzes the current model for air conditioner production and sales, as well as the impacts of changes in industrial and energy efficiency policies.  The study estimates the effects that would result from combined changes in industrial and energy efficiency policies for air conditioning on the electricity sector, on consumers, and on the environment, and it offers business arguments and proposes a path for change in the sector’s industrial policy.

Food diplomacy: what is Brazil’s appetite in the world scene? – Executive Summary

Study designed by Instituto Escolhas and carried out by researchers Leane Cornet Naidin, Pedro da Motta Veiga and Sandra Poland Rivers of the Center for Integration and Development Studies (Cindes) analyzed the functioning and trends of the international food trade, as Brazil has been positioning itself in this scenario and how private agents in the Brazilian agricultural sector have influenced this position.

Understanding the rules and the movements of this game that we are calling Food Diplomacy is fundamental for society to be able to monitor the movements of international trade and its reflexes for Brasil, be them about economic, social order or environmental.

From pasture to plate: subsidies and the environmental footprint of the beef industry in Brazil – Executive Summary

A study designed by Instituto Escolhas and prepared by researchers Petterson Molina Vale and Roberto Strumpf, analyzes the economic and environmental impacts of the beef chain in Brazil. This is an unprecedented approach that encompasses the entire trajectory of the product, from the birth of the calf to the plate of the consumer, over a period of 10 years. The analyses of economic impacts present the amounts of taxes collected and the subsidies granted by the state and federal governments. The environmental impact analysis shows the carbon footprint, with emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHG), and the water footprint, with data on water consumption.

A new economy for the Amazonas state: Manaus Free Trade Zone and Bioeconomy

A study devised by Instituto Escolhas, coordinated by Sergio Leitão, and prepared by Gabriel Kohlmann, Public Policy Manager at Prospectiva, and economist Carlos Manso, a specialist in regional development, identified four axes of opportunities to diversify economic activity and boost sustainable development from Amazonas. The document presents the critical success factors, the conditions for leveraging the bioeconomy in the state and shows that, with public and private investments of R $ 7.15 billion in infrastructure, over ten years, it is possible to create 218 thousand direct jobs and indirect.



Electric Sector: how to price water in a scarcity scenario

Conceived by Instituto Escolhas and prepared by PSR Energy Consulting and Solutions, the study analyzes three cases involving water scarcity situations in the São Francisco and Jaguaribe river basins – and the recent problems involving thermal power plants – and the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant. The proposed results and methodologies are the starting point for the debate on the need to establish water as an input and on the adoption of pricing mechanisms. The objective is to present the tools that can contribute to the construction of public policies to mitigate the dispute for water and avoid impacts on the operation of the National Interconnected System (SIN), with billionaire losses to the national economy and the consequent transfer to the consumer, through increases on the electricity bill.

Rural Territorial Tax: tax justice and environmental incentives

The study was designed by Instituto Escolhas and carried out in partnership with Soil Use and Preservation Planning Laboratory (Laboratório de Planejamento de Uso do Solo e Conservação – GeoLab) and Public Policies Group (Grupo de Políticas Públicas – GPP) of Esalq/USP, the economist Bernard Appy and the jurist Carlos Marés. The purpose of the study is to propose the update of the collection parameters of the Rural Territorial Tax (ITR), with the revision of the Table of Livestock Occupancy, and preparation of a new regulation of the tax, especially to solve the conflicts now existing between ITR and the environmental legislation. Additionally, the study presents simulation of scenarios of implementation of such proposals that allow assessing the impact on the tax collection.

Living Far Away: Minha Casa Minha Vida Program and its expansion to Metropolitan Regions – Executive Summary

The study is an achievement of Instituto Escolhas in partnership with the Center for Policy and Economy of the Public Sector of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (CEPESP / EAESP / EESP) with support from the Tide Setubal Foundation. The objective of the study is to investigate if the MCMV contributed to the urban expansion and, with this, to the aggravation of the problems of the Brazilian metropolises such as: the deterioration of the central areas, population residing in areas with little infrastructure of public services and far from the places affecting urban mobility. Twenty metropolitan regions were evaluated:  Belém, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Distrito Federal, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Manaus, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Salvador, São Luís, São Paulo, Teresina e Vitória.

What are the real costs and benefits of electric power generation sources in Brazil? – Executive Summary

Study coordinated by Instituto Escolhas with the technical execution of PSR Consultoria and HPPA teams. It presents an unprecedented methodology that calculates the total cost of energy generation in Brazil through the valuation of the attributes of five components for each generation source provided for in the Decennial Energy Plan (PDE) 2026.

Urban Mobility & Low Carbon

Survey of opinion on urban mobility and low carbon adapted from an American version promoted by the Oil Transportation Research and Intelligence Network. Held by Ideia Big Data and commissioned by the Climate and Society Institute in partnership with Instituto Escolhas, the research was carried out in October 2017 and heard 3,000 people throughout Brazil. The data collection was done through personal interviews applied via telephone. The margin of error is approximately 2.25 percentage points for more or less than the results found in the total sample, with a 95% confidence interval.

What is the impact of zero deforestation in Brazil?

A study coordinated by Sergio Leitão and Lígia Vasconcellos (Instituto Escolhas), with biophysical and land use analysis of Gerd Sparovek, Vinícius Guidotti (Geolab – Esalq / USP) and Luiz Fernando Guedes Pinto (Imaflora). Economic analysis by Joaquim Bento de Souza Ferreira Filho (Esalq-USP), sought to answer the economic and social impact of zeroing deforestation in Brazil.