South AmericaThe Institute’s overall aim is to examine the environmental, economic and technological role of natural gas in the global energy landscape, and to also help advance technology roadmaps to support future R&D investment decisions. Our research activity also addresses the global challenge of how industry can mitigate climate change.

Approximately 10% of Brazil’s primary energy supply comes from natural gas, and the country has extensive gas reserves of between 388-453 billion m³. With a 60% growth in the domestic energy demand expected in the next decade, the country needs to develop a robust and strategic plan for a sustainable energy future.

Research Collaborations – Brazil and Imperial College

Imperial College has a long history of working with Brazil and plans to engage further with top universities and industry through the Imperial in Brazil initiative. Examples of Imperial’s recent Brazil-related activities include the Brazil Forum, and existing Memoranda of Understanding with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and University of São Paulo (USP).

The Sustainable Gas Institute is continuing to build on this established relationship working with a wide range of partners in industry, academia and government in Brazil. This includes the University of São Paulo (USP), University of Itajuba, University Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and University of Campinas in Brazil. The Institute has also established links with the government in Brazil through the research councils in Brazil (e.g. CNPq and FAPESP), and industrial partners such as Royal Dutch Shell.

For more information visit our page about our partnership with the Research Centre for Gas Innovation (RCGI) at the University of São Paulo.