Brazil: 41% of energy is renewable

06 de junho de 2016

Brasília – The share of renewable energies in Brazil’s energy matrix grew from 39.4% in 2014 to 41.2% last year. Ethanol and cane bagasse made up 41.1% of renewable energies, followed by power from hydroelectric plants (27.5%), timber and charcoal (19.9%), biodiesel (2,5%) and wind energy (1.5%). The numbers are from the 2016 overview Resenha Energética Brasileira released this Monday (6) by the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Brazil’s renewable energy usage rate exceeds that of developed countries, whose average is 9.4%. “The relevance of hydropower and biomass in the Brazilian energy matrix enable way lower CO2 emission levels than the world’s and developed countries’ averages,” the report reads. CO2 emissions shrank by 4.6% in Brazil last year as a result of a 7.2% drop in consumption of oil products.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum