Qualification of the Philanthropic Action for the Climate

Qualification of the action of the philanthropic organizations that act with climate change in Brazil
Center of Rio de Janeiro | Photo: Yukun Chen


The iCS supported the organization of the Brazil Deep Dive, an event promoted by the ClimateWorks Foundation in June 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, to debate the role of philanthropy and climate change in Brazil. Fifteen philanthropic organizations, from Brazil, the United States and Europe participated in this event. 35 experts from the government, from the business sector, from academia and from civil society participated at the meeting, sharing knowledge and opinions. Those present included Luiz Barroso, then president of the Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE), Alessandro Molon, Federal Congressman, as well as André Lucena and Emilio la Rovere, both from the UFRJ, Marina Grossi, from the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS), and Philipp Hauser, from Engie.  
The Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI) platform, which creates scenarios of current development based on policies, decarbonization trends and investment in energy, began to include data and projections about Brazilian emissions. With the support of ClimateWorks, in 2016 iCS made a set of grants to Brazilian organizations, such as the Instituto Estadual de Meio Ambiente (IEMA), the Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia (IMAZON), the Sistema de Estimativas de Emissões e Remoções de Gases de Efeito Estufa (SEEG) and others, which began to produce and supply data to the platform.
Launch of the Platform 2018: Brazil of Tomorrow, at the Museum of Tomorrow (RJ) | Photo: Museum of Tomorrow
Gustavo Pinheiro participates at the 3rd Workshop of Dialogues of Climate Financing, of the Global Compact Network Brazil | Photo: Rede Brasil


A little over three years ago, the financial resources of philanthropic institutions that acted in Brazil were destined as a priority to projects to combat greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) resulting from deforestation. From 2015 to now, the iCS has collaborated with the increase of investments in a larger set of organizations, working with themes such as energy and transport, among others.
Henrique Silveira, of the Casa Fluminense, participates at the IV Rio Forum | Photo: Casa Fluminense
Cacique Raoni Kayapó participates at the COP 23, in Bonn, Germany | Photo: Engajamundo


The iCS has played an important role in the construction of dialogues between philanthropic institutions with respect to climate change. Not only has the mobilization of resources been growing but also the spaces for debate about the theme, such as the creation of the 2018 Platform: the Brazil of Tomorrow, which promotes debates about safety, cities and mobility, public administration and renewable energy, in partnership with the Fundação Roberto Marinho, the CEBDS and GloboNews. Furthermore, the inclusion of Brazilian data in the CTI platform, which is frequently used by international financiers, enables a strategic philanthropy, based on evidence.

Learn here about some of the important results to which iCS and its grantees made a significant contribution in 2017.