Sino-Brazilian technological cooperation extends to energy and the environment

13 April 2009

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 Apr – Technological cooperation between China and Brazil, most notable in the aeronautical sector, will extend to energy and the environment, with the creation of a research centre involving universities of both countries.

With the aim of linking companies from the two countries, the Brazil-China Centre for Innovative Technologies, Climatic Change and Energy, of the University of Tsinghua in China, should have a business council, bringing together Chinese companies and Brazilian companies operating in China.

Information published by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro indicates that Brazil’s Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (BNDES) will be represented on the committee.

According to director of Technology and Innovation at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute Graduate School and Research in Engineering, Segen Estefen, the project has attracted the interest of some Chinese companies, particularly in the area of bio-diesel.

A study of biodiesel sources in the two countries is already underway “contributing to the development of joint projects.”

Also this year, researchers from both institutions will carry out a study of greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil and China.

The results will be published before the end of 2010, and will include suggestions for reducing emissions.

“The aim is to support the governments of both countries in drawing up new policies to minimize the level of emissions,” said the Brazilian university.

“This Centre will promote technological and academic cooperation, particularly in the areas of energy and the environment, including clean technologies and sustainable development between the two countries,” it added.

The headquarters are in Beijing and backing will come from the Research and Projects Financing (FINEP) with a budget of around 2 million reais (around US$1 million), invested over a period of three years.

The running of the Centre will fall to an executive secretary and a rotational scheme is being planned to ensure that professors in China involved in this type of research remain for at least the first three months.

China and Brazil have had a space cooperation program for the last 20 years, which has meant three research satellites looking at Earth resources have been put in orbit, built and launched entirely by Chinese and Brazilian technicians.

In 2010 and 2013 a further two research satellites will be launched.

On an economic level, China overtook Argentina in 2008 to become Brazil’s second largest trade partner after the USA, according to information from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Overseas Trade.

In 2008, Brazil’s total exports and imports with China grew 56 percent to US$36.44 billion, a figure expected to be reached only in 2010.

This year, despite the global economic crisis, the Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry forecasts growth of 20 percent compared to 2008.

The Bank of China’s entry into Brazil, with the opening of an agency in Sao Paulo, the first in South America, should boost trade even further. (macauhub)

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