National Innovation Pathway
- Brazil’s Innovation Pathway focuses on a combination of incremental and radical, disruptive, innovation, as well as a strong component of public-private innovation investments to deliver the best results.
- Brazil is committed to increasing data availability and will make available public and public-oriented investments on clean energy R&D through an online platform is under development.
- Brazil is keeping the lead in transport decarbonization by committing even further to fostering sustainable fuels, efficiency gains and BECCS, including with “Renovabio Policy” and the “Fuel of the Future Program”.
- Brazil is on track to significantly increase support for hydrogen technologies, with the on-going development of a National Hydrogen Program, as means to untap decarbonization solutions and help spur this sector´s development.
The National Innovation Pathway of Brazil is based on the following:
- Focus on a combination of incremental and radical (disruptive) innovation: we understand that both need attention and investments, for Brazil and the various sectors to deliver the best results;
- Strong component of public-private innovation investments: Brazil has a long track-record with instruments that align public policy objectives and private sector business strategies;
- RDD covering all the energy sector and a wide range of technologies, including hybrid solutions: clean electricity and electrification are a key part of the energy transition, but we need to go much further than decarbonizing electricity;
- Effort to continue increasing transparency and providing insightful indicators: an online and open platform is under development to accelerate that;
- Maintain and strengthen the national innovation system: multi-stakeholder environment, with policy makers, funding/financing institutions, labs and universities, private sector, implementing agencies, regulatory agencies and a very active RDD community.
Some of the key policies and instruments are the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FNDCT), with sectoral funds such as the one for energy (CT-Energia) and biotechnology (CT-Biotecnologia); the Power Sector Research and Development Program (P&D Aneel); and the RDD investment obligation clauses in oil and gas concession contracts (P&D ANP).
In that sense, Brazil aims at strengthening or improving these policies, instruments and governance, as well as fostering new ones, having the MI Joint Member Statement as one of the key references.
To mention some initiatives under development on national level that are in line with MI objectives, we have the “National Hydrogen Program”, to strenghen the RDD investments in that area, and the “Fuel of the Future Program”, focused on strengthening domestic technology development for sustainable and advanced fuels/biofuels and BECCS. Both were announced by the Federal Government in April 2021.