The Brazil-U.S. Business Council develops its Energy & Environment advocacy position through dialogue with its members. BUSBC governance addresses these members priorities and issues through its Energy & Environment Task Force and its Working Groups.
BUSBC's Energy & Environment Force is chaired by Guardian Industries Corp.
Energy & Environment policy issues advocated by BUSBC and delineated in BUSBC's 2012 Program of Work are:
- Support U.S. and Brazil bilateral and multilateral efforts to harmonize international biofuels standards. MLT
- Support the negotiation of a new Civil Nuclear Agreement between Brazil and the United States to foster industrial and commercial cooperation. BLT
- Promote the development of Brazilian standards and conformity assessment systems for energy efficient windows. GOB
- Urge the Brazilian National Congress to create a public fund to finance researchers on wind and solar energy. GOB
- Promote the protection of green patents, including clean energy patents, through increased USPTO-INPI (Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Intelectual) cooperation. GOB
- Work with both governments to secure an accelerated approval mechanism for high skilled energy-related professionals’ visas. BLT
- Promote changes in the Brazilian pre-salt regulatory framework to foster U.S. investment in Brazil, including with regard to exclusivity rights and local content requirements. GOB
- Work with the Brazilian government to ensure that the price of electricity and natural gas does not prevent new U.S. investment in Brazil. GOB
- Support the procurement of green products, services, and technologies by Brazilian federal, state, and local governments. GOB
- Secure Brazilian National Congress approval and funding for public investment in nuclear energy, particularly the building of new plants and investment to expand the life cycle of existing reactors. GOB
- Ensure that the implementation of federal legislation and regulations for recycling, reverse logistics, and post-recycling programs in Brazil is based on international best practices. GOB
- Secure the creation of technical norms and an appropriate funding mechanism for Smart Grid implementation in Brazil. GOB
- Support the work of the Strategic Energy Dialogue (SED), including through permanent and institutionalized private sector participation. BLT
- Support U.S.-Brazil trilateral energy-related cooperation with countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. BLT
Task Force Activities:
- Organize investment forums in the United States and/or Brazil to facilitate matchmaking opportunities for U.S. and Brazilian businesses in energy and energy-related fields.
- Lead business delegations to the United States and Brazil to advance bilateral cooperation in the area of energy with senior policymakers from both countries.
- Advocate for the implementation of federal level legislation/regulations for recycling and post-recycling programs in Brazil based on international best practices.
- Whenever possible exchange information with the Instituto Brasilero de Petroleo (IBP) to ensure common work objectives on energy issues.
The Energy & Environment Task Force is composed of two Working Groups:
- Green Technology Working Group
- Oil & Gas Working Group
Brazil-U.S. Business Council member, access the members only section of the website for BUSBC Task Forces and Working Groups Documents.
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