Tatiana Botelho

Tatiana Botelho

Tatiana is a PhD student at the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In her thesis, which stems from her 12 years experience working with the Oil and Gas industry, she is researching on the role of markets in stimulating the concrete implementation of social and environmental sustainability. Tatiana was awarded the FAPERJ Nota 10 scholarship and is a fellow of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development. She received a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Latin American Studies, and her masters in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Tatiana is a mother of two boys and is very engaged in sustainability education at middle and high schools. She loves running, reading and traveling.

Recent Posts

Fossil of the Day – A look into the Oil and Gas Industry at Rio+20

Protesters at Rio Centro during the UN Summit

The call for the end of fossil fuel subsidies echoed in all venues of Rio+20. The OECD identified more than 250 individual subsidies supporting fossil-fuel production or consumption valued at US $45-75 billion per year, similar to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country like Croatia or Ecuador. Greenpeace estimates are even higher; the NGO evaluated fossil fuel subsidies in 2012  at $775bn, which is equivalent to the GDP of the Netherlands or Turkey.  Stretching over 40 kilometers, from the People’s Summit in Aterro do Flamengo, crossing to the Copacabana Fort all the way to Rio Centro and Parque dos Atletas in Barra da Tijuca, academics and specialists are unanimous in their opinion: fossil fuel subsidies must be extinguished because they are inefficient and prevent the economy from transitioning from the brown to green economy. Oil & Gas Corporations
Who needs the subsidies? Not the Oil & Gas (O&G) corporations.  Half of the top ten largest publicly traded companies in the world by market cap are oil and gas producers.  Their annual revenues are higher than most mid-size countries.

Can Brazilians Lead From Greed To Green?

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UN CSD), fondly known as Rio+20, is being hosted by Brazil. Taking advantage of this, Brazilian corporations and the government itself have been boasting their accomplishments from the last 20 years. Their achievements are indeed noteworthy, with stories of growth, innovation, social equity and environmental conservation. Successful Sustainability Case
In 1992, a ground-breaking Earth Summit took place in a young Brazilian democracy that was struggling with hyperinflation, corruption and economic stagnation. Since 1994, the country has managed to stabilize its currency by promoting a business friendly environment.

Corporate Sustainateens: What’s Next for Corporate Sustainability?

Can Rio+20 promote a rebirth for corporate sustainability? The towering palm trees in Rio’s Botanical Gardens set the stage for yet another event to discuss corporate sustainability in light of Rio+20, the “Sustentável,” organized by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (Brazil BCSD).  Maybe it was the setting, which inspired an elevated discussion on Business and Sustainable Development, that inspired the optimism that businesses can reboot their sustainability efforts.  Or maybe it was the realization that corporate sustainability is entering its teenage years and is starting to define itself and stand alone.  A famous Brazilian psychologist, Içami Tiba, calls it a second birth, when a child turns into an adolescent and strives to become emotionally independent. There are still many questions for corporate sustainability to answer in order for it to mature. During “Sustentável,” the scrawny teen was asked: How do you differentiate companies in terms of sustainability?  How do you measure corporate impact in the local sustainable development?  How do you settle the north-south differences in SD?  How do you increase prices in times of economic recession?  How to reconcile long and short terms? As a teen seeking identity, the first panel questioned the meaning of sustainability.