ChiongMeza, C.M. and G.P.J. Dijkema: Introduction of Renewable Energy Sources in Brazil: Lessons to be learned from the Brazilian case, pp. 1-9. In: Proceedings of the 11th IAEE European Conference, 25-28 August (2010). At: Vilnius (Lithuania). s.l.: IAEE, 2010. Eds: Jurgis Vilemas (Conference Chair). ISSN: 1559-792X.
European countries struggle to diversify their energy portfolio with other energy sources while producing less CO2 emissions and they have started their transition process by searching for alternative energy sources to avoid a system collapse. This situation, however, is not new. Already thirty years ago, Brazil started its transition to a less oil-dependent economy, which was triggered by the 1970s oil crisis and a drop in sugar prices. Although their economic evolution has been variable, Brazil has reached a stable bio-ethanol economy today. However, this transition is difficult to reproduce elsewhere because of their particular combination of natural resources, institutional arrangements, and social background, among others.