Environment announces fleet replacement program, says minister

Credit: Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil

Brazil is one of the most important providers of carbon credits in the world. Brazil is responsible for less than 3% of global emissions. It is an opportunity to generate credits in different ways and export to countries and companies that need to offset emissions.

With a fleet of more than 460,000 vehicles with more than 20 years of manufacture and still circulating, Brazil faces the environmental challenge of “retiring” these vehicles and reducing the amount of carbon emissions from automotive origin. To this end, the federal government is preparing an incentive program for the exchange of heavy vehicles that should be launched in the coming days, announced today, 5th, the Minister of the Environment, Joaquim Leite, in an interview with the program A Voz do Brasil.

“It is a program that will encourage the truck driver to exchange his vehicle for a new vehicle, which will certainly save fuel and avoid the emission of pollutants”, he informed.

According to Leite, the program should be called Renovar, but details of what advantages will be offered or who will benefit from the initiative have not yet been revealed.

The minister informed that the country gained prominence in the international scenario for the offer of carbon credits and for the rapid adaptation to sustainable and renewable energy matrices.

About the recent participation in the meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on environmental policies – an organization which Brazil claims to be a part of. Joaquim Leite explained that the public administration is committed to participating in the global green market and offering sustainable solutions to partners.

“The great current and global challenge is renewable energies. Brazil managed to go to this meeting and show policies that the federal government has been doing, such as biomethane, renewable energies and green hydrogen,” he said.

“Brazil, yes, is part of the solution and will make a global contribution in renewable energies”, he added.

In terms of solid waste, the minister updated the number of dumps that had their activities closed under the Lixão Zero program, which aims to extinguish the practice of accumulating solid waste in landfills. “It is a program that has given good results. There are 647 dumps that have already been closed. It is an important agenda and we are on the right track: eliminating open-air dumps in Brazil.”

Source: Agência Brasil

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