Who we are

CBC - Centro Brasil no Clima

The Brazilian Climate Center is a think tank officially formed on the 5th of March 2015.


It is an offspring of The Rio Climate Challenge initiative (RCC), a side event of the UN Rio + 20 Conference, in 2012. The name Brasil no Clima was first used to name two big demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro, in 2007 and 2009, which preceded the Bali and the Copenhagen UNFCCC conferences, with the purpose to exert pressure on the Brazilian official positions.    


Strictly nonpartisan, the CBC acts to influence the Brazilian political arena and power structures. Also advocates the implementation of the NDC, establishing its sectoral and regional goals, ratcheting its ambitions, building a Long Term Strategy for net zero (by the middle of the Century XXI) and conceiving robust adaptation actions at different levels.

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Executive Director: Sirkis


Some of our achievements

The CBC organized the Ratifica Já! (Ratify Now!), the campaign which influenced decisively the ratification of the Paris Agreement in record time (two months passing in both Houses of Congress).   


From September 2016 to May 2019, the CBC was deeply involved, through the Brazilian Forum for Climate Change, in promoting a discussion (during two long years)  of an implementation road map for the Brazilian INDC with multi-stakeholders. Took part in this process, 537 participants and 247 organizations from government, NGOs, private sector and academy.  


The document The Initial Proposal for the Implementation of the Brazilian NDC  was handed to the Brazilian President, Congress, various ministers, and presidential candidates. The CBC also launched Carbon Neutral Brazil 2060,  a study developed in partnership with academy, which showing possible paths for net zero.


The CBC is also involved with the discussion of decarbonizing economics and takes part in the 108 Initiative  (referring to Paragraph 108 of the Paris Agreement). The Center published as well the book Moving the Trillions, a debate on positive pricing of mitigation actions.


Nowadays, there is a difficult political environment in Brazil, with the Federal Government being controlled by denialists or skeptics about climate change. Because of that, the CBC is prioritizing its work on the subnational level, with state governments, cities and civil society pushing forward the climate agenda.


We remain with a strong presence in the Brazilian media and its principal vehicles, we also keep developing our social network and value the organization of street interventions and demonstrations when necessary.
The CBC also focus on equipping people with knowledge and provides courses on climate change as well as on various environmental issues, for different kinds of audiences, including children and teenagers from private and public schools. CBC also has a strong partnership with the Climate Reality Project, presided by Al Gore, and develops projects with the Europe Union and UNEP, as well as a joint action with various both national and foreign NGOs.


Contribute to the overall effort to keep the earth temperature below 2 degrees Celsius, towards 1,5, and promote a transition towards a low-carbon economy


We are a non-profit organization formed by some of Brazil's leading thinkers and activists in climate ​​change and decarbonization.

Some of the CBC founders and leaders

Some of the leading researchers, thinkers and activists in Brazil in the area of ​​climate change, environment and economics.

Founders and associates
Alfredo Helio Syrkis 
Ana Amelia Fields Toni
Andre Lemos de Abreu 
Andre Luiz Esteves 
Andrea Margit 
Andrea Souza Santos 
Aspasia Brasileiro Alcantara de Camargo 
Branca Americano Camargo 
Carlos Eduardo Rittl 
Eduardo Jose Viola 
Emilio Lebre La Rovere 
Fabio Jose Feldmann 
John Fernando Moura Viana 
Jose Sarney Filho 
Marcia Bandeira da Silva 
Marcos Vinicius de Campos 
Maurice de Moura Costa 
Natalie Unterstell 
Olga Wehb Martins 
Oswaldo dos Santos Lucon 
Pedro Moura Costa 
Robert Zsolt Let Kazinczy Smeraldi 
Sergio Besserman Vianna 
Suzana Kahn Ribeiro Rezende de Azevedo 
Israel Klabin
Roberto Schaeffer
Renata Moraes

Board of directors/officers


Alfredo Hélio Syrkis
Marcia Bandeira
Renata Moraes


Guidance Council


Andrea Souza Santos
Sérgio Besserman Vianna 
Alfredo Hélio Syrkis
Márcia Bandeira
Olivia Ainbinder
Rodrigo Rosas

Centro Brasil No Clima

​Av. Marechal Câmara, 160 / room 418
Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brasil - zip code 20020-080


Phones: +55 21 2262-1202 / +55 21 2210-7102

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