São Paulo seminar makes merger official


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A full day seminar in São Paulo was dedicated to agribusiness and energy, during an event that marked the merger between the two Norwegian chambers of commerce in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

«Agribusiness and Energy – opportunities and challenges» was the title of the event that took place on April 14, 2016.

About 80 people were present at the seminar held at the Fecomércio building in Sao Paulo

Mr. Rubens Medrano, vice-president of Fecomércio gave a short welcome speech before NBCC president Erik Hannisdal and Knut Øvrebo, also representing NBCC, gave the opening remarks.

Knut Karlsen, CEO at Umoe Bioenergy then gave the keynote speech on why agriculture is energy and the implications for business.

«Sugar cane is a key energy source for Brazil, already exceeding hydropower. But only 1 percent of Brazilian land is used to cultivate sugar cane, and it is no threat to the Amazon or Pantanal biomes. Bioenergy is produced where energy demand is highest reducing the need for infrastructure investments, but renewables are still in their infancy», he said in his presentation.