NoPa's focus areas

Meeting Brazil's growing energy demand with renewable sources and fostering efficient energy use.

Energy for the

Brazil's energy sector is comparatively low in emissions: Hydropower accounts for 85% of its electrical energy supply. The challenge is to keep climate change greenhouse gas emissions low, while meeting the higher energy needs generated by economic growth and bringing electricity to four million rural households. Brazil's potential to use wind power solar thermal energy, photovoltaic cells and biogas is enormous. And one of the reasons why Brazil plays an influential role in the world's future climate.

Working with new

The untapped potential of wind- and solar power in Brazil is estimated at 500 GW - enough to meet the growing energy demand in coming decades. Harnessing these energy sources, while catering for economic development and energy consumption by promoting greater energy efficiency is the challenge for the future.



The Brazilian Amazon rainforests are extremely rich in biodiversity and key to climate protection. The Technical and Financial Cooperation between Brazil and Germany aim at fostering sustainable use and the protection of this region's resources as well as the costal rainforests and the biodiverse environment of the Cerrado biome in central Brazil.

The Brazilian

  • Are the bases for the livelihood of the 20 Mio inhabitants.
  • Are enormous carbon sinks.
  • Regulate regional and global climate and water cycles.
  • Are extremely biodiverse.

Goals of the

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% until 2020,
  • Set economic incentives for sustainable use of the natural resources,
  • Reduce deforestation by 80% in the Amazon region and 40% in the Cerrado region until 2020,
  • Protect biodiversity,
  • Reforestation of coastal forest (Mata Atlântica).