CenergiaLab is led by professors Roberto Schaeffer, Alexandre Szklo, André Lucena, Pedro Rochedo and Joana Portugal Pereira, who coordinate a vast international team of research fellows, including postdoc researchers, doctoral and master students in energy planning, from Brazil, USA, South American and European countries.
Energy and Climate Change Expert
Roberto Schaeffer is a Full Professor at the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). He holds a PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research interests include energy and environmental technology and economics, and integrated assessment modeling of energy, land-use and climate change mitigation. Dr. Schaeffer has been a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA), Lead Author (LA) and Review Editor (RE) of various Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports since 1998. Dr Schaeffer was a co-recipient, with a number of scientists, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the research contributions to the IPCC. Since 1998, Dr. Schaeffer is an Associate-Editor of Energy, The International Journal.
Energy Modelling and Climate Change Expert
Associate professor of the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. DSc from COPPE/UFRJ and Chemical Engineer at UFRJ School of Chemistry. He is the author of countless books and hundreds of articles in scientific journals (h-index Scopus equal to 29) and supervisor for doctoral and master projects and undergraduate course final projects in engineering. He is a reviewer of indexed scientific journals and a CNPq productivity scholarship 1B. He twice won the Giulio Massarani Award for Academic Merit, granted by the Luiz Alberto Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE/UFRJ). He was also awarded the Vale-CAPES award for guiding dissertations and theses in engineering fields. He is currently the technical coordinator of the UFRJ-IFP Cooperation Agreement (French Oil Institute). He was part of the CAPES committee of evaluators of the Engineering Committee III, for the last Quadrennial Evaluation of Graduate Programs. In 2020, he was part of the Work Evaluation Committee of the Tiradentes Award for the Ministry of Defense of Brazil (CAPES). Since February 2021, he has been the representative of the scientific community within CONCEPE. He is the president of the Teaching and Research Commission of the Deliberative Council of COPPE/UFRJ.
Climate and Environmental Economics Expert
André F.P. Lucena is an Associate Professor at the Energy Planning Program of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). He holds a DSc in Energy Planning from the same institution. His research interests include energy and environmental economics, integrated energy modeling and climate change. Dr Lucena has worked as a visiting scholar at the International Energy Studies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California and at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in Maryland, USA. He was also a Fulbright scholar within the Nexus Program, a collaborating author of the AR5 WG III and lead author of AR6 WG III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Energy Modelling Expert
Pedro R. R. Rochedo is an Assistant Professor at the Energy Planning Program of COPPE / UFRJ. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from the same Institution. He is also a Chemical Engineer, from the School of Chemistry, UFRJ. His research interests include energy system analysis, environmental modelling, climate change and integrated assessment models. He was a visiting student at IIASA, is a certified trainer for the IAEA’s analytical tool for energy modelling. Pedro has contributed for many years in the Cenergia Lab where he helped the development of several models, including sectorial models (ORION and CAESAR), as well as integrated assessment models with national (BLUES and ELENA) and global (COFFEE) coverage for energy and land systems analysis.
Joana Portugal Pereira
Climate Change and
Life Cycle Assessment Expert
Joana Portugal Pereira is an Assistant Professor at PPE/COPPE/UFRJ. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Portugal Pereira is a Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and a Lead Author in the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020. She was a Senior Scientist of the Technical Support Unit of IPCC WG III and coordinated the development of the IPCC Special Reports on 1.5C pathways and Climate Change and Land. She has led over 20 international projects with industries, national governments and international organisations in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean regions. Joana holds a MSc degree in Environmental Engineering (University of Lisbon) (2006), and a PhD in Urban Engineering (The University of Tokyo) (2011), with emphasis on life cycle assessment modelling of alternative fuels. Since 2021, she is an Associate-Editor of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition Journal.
Ana Carolina Fiorini
Conservation Policy Expert
Ana Carolina Oliveira Fiorini is a post-doctoral researcher at the Energy Planning Program (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). She holds a bachelor degree in Biology (Bio/UFRJ), a MSc in Environmental and Energy Planning (COPPE/UFRJ) and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology (SNRE/University of Florida). Early on in her educational career, she developed an interest in conservation policy. Her Master's thesis focused on degraded forests and REDD+, and her PhD research focused on compliance with the Brazilian Forest Code and the impacts of a payments for environmental services intervention in Atlantic Forest. With Cernergia Lab, she contributes to the incorporation of terrestrial biodiversity in integrated assessment models.
Climate Economics Modelling Expert
DSc Bruno Cunha is Visiting Researcher (PRH-41.1/ANP) at Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP). He holds a DSc and MSc in Energy Planning from PPE/COPPE/UFRJ. He has a bachelor's in Economics from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (FCE/UFRGS) and an extension at the University of Porto (FEP/UPORTO), Portugal. He developed a global economic model (Total-Economy Assessment - TEA) to investigate the role of Brazil in a global context of climate stabilization. His main fields of scientific interest include general equilibrium modelling, economic analysis of energy systems, energy decarbonisation, transport sector and dietary change.
Eveline Vasquez Arroyo
Water-Energy-Land Use Nexus and Climate Change Expert
Eveline is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Energy Planning Program (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering by the Callao National University in Peru. She also holds a MSc. and DSc. degrees in Environmental and Energy Planning by COPPE/UFRJ. She has several years of experience working in water-energy-land use nexus and climate change by Integrated Assessment Models. Furthermore, she works as project coordinator on the climate change mitigation and adaptation analysis for the energy security sector and the implementation of SDGs. She is currently a Chapter Scientist in Cross-sectoral Perspectives Chapter of the Group III - AR6 IPCC Report and Expert Reviewer for Group II and III of the same report. She was a research assistant at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). Eveline also worked as an external consultant for many institutions as UNDP, IPEA, ANA and MCTI.
Climate Change Mitigation and Air Quality Expert
Mariana Império is a post-doctoral researcher at the Energy Planning Program (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ). She holds a DSc and MSc in Energy Planning (PPE/COPPE/UFRJ) and a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering (POLI/UFRJ). Her research interests include climate change mitigation, energy modeling, climate policy and sustainable development. She has contributed to the development of national IAMs (BLUES and ELENA). She was an invited researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, where she developed an air pollution module to be integrated into a Brazilian energy model. She has worked as an energy consultant to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Currently, she also works with Energy Security in the AdaptaBrasil platform, in partnership with INPE.
Energy and Environmental Economics Expert
Rafael holds a DSc in Energy Planning at COPPE/UFRJ and his prior work experience includes regulation of the O&G sector in Brazil, advisory services for the energy sector companies and for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Rafael holds a MSc degree in Energy Planning from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), being awarded a scholarship from the Rio de Janeiro State Research Supporting Foundation (FAPERJ). He in an Economist (IE/UFRJ) and also holds a Master's degree in Economics, Regulation and Competition in Public Services from Universidad de Barcelona as a Fundación Carolina’ scholar. His MSc thesis investigate the price transmission dynamics and the degree of integration of the European natural gas markets and his research interests include energy planning, social impacts of energy use and modelling of energy systems. Rafael has also worked as a controller for Grupo Gas Natural being in charge of the corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting of operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
Solar photovoltaic power expert
Alberto is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in UFRJ and a master's degree in Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. His master's dissertation consisted on assessing the climate change impact on solar photovoltaic potential in the Brazilian residential sector. His main research interests are solar photovoltaic energy and renewable energy, distributed generation, climate change impacts, electric vehicles and simulation models.
Wind Energy Expert
M.Sc. Amanda Vinhoza is a researcher and Doctoral student in the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. She developed her master's dissertation on the Brazilian Offshore Wind Potential focused on identifying hotspots for offshore wind development through the application of a Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis methodology. Currently, her main research interests are: renewable energies, offshore wind energy, climate change impacts and Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs).
Camila Ludovique is a researcher and D.Sc. candidate at the Energy Planning Program - PPE/COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Ouro Preto and a MSc in Energy Planning from PPE/COPPE/UFRJ. She was an invited fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (2018), where she developed a global travel demand simulator through the implementation of a multinomial logit model to assess different pathways towards a less carbon intensive transport system. Her model simulates changes in travel demand and mode share in response to changes in income, prices, and door-to-door speeds. Her main reserach interests are transport evolution in urban areas, climate change and modelling tools.
Petroleum engineering Expert
Camilo Martin is a Petroleum Engineer from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (2017) (approved by UFRJ) and holds a MSc in polymer science and technology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2018). He is developing his doctoral thesis on oil & gas. Camilo is currently a substitute professor in the Petroleum Engineering course at Fluminense Federal University, teaching the following subjects: TEQ00171 - Well stimulation and TEQ 00167 - Well completion. His research interests include polymeric additives for the prevention and remediation of formation damage, oil production, reservoir engineering, reservoir simulation, energy saving, and energy planning.
Hydrogen applications expert
Clarissa is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ and a master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. Her main research interests are energy transition and climate change mitigation. Her work focuses on renewable hydrogen and its applications, negative emission technologies and pathways for refineries to produce renewable fuels and materials.
Eduardo Müller Casseres
International Shipping Expert
Eduardo is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program (COPPE/UFRJ) and a guest researcher at PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UFRJ and a diplôme d'ingénieur from Mines-Télécom Lille Douai, in addition to a master’s degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. Eduardo also works a Chapter Scientist in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (WG3, chapter 3). The focus of his doctoral research is the role of international shipping in long-term climate mitigation scenarios. Eduardo’s research interests include integrated assessment modelling, energy modelling, low-carbon fuels and energy transitions. Over the past three years, he has been working on projects related to renewable energy production and climate mitigation options for merchant ships.
Fábio A. Diuna
Water-Energy-Land Nexus Expert
Mr. Fabio Diuana is currently a DSc candidate in Energy Planning at COPPE/UFRJ. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering and completed his Masters degree in Energy Planning, both from COPPE/UFRJ. His MSc dissertation evaluated the impacts of growing wind power penetration in the power system. He also worked with the Cenergia lab’s research team in a project assessing complementarity between wind and solar energy sources in Latin America and how they can be affected by climate change. He was a 6-month invited researcher at IIASA (2018), where he developed computational tools and methods about Integrated Assessment Models regarding the water-energy-land nexus.
Bioenergy systems Expert
Fábio da Silva is a Dsc candidate in energy planning at COPPE/UFRJ. He has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Energy Planning. He developed his dissertation on the potential benefits of torrefaction and pelletization of residual biomass for the supply chain. His doctoral thesis focus on alternative activities for the Brazilian coal industry related to climate change mitigation. His research interests are also biofuels production and negative emissions technologies.
Aviation and Maritime Biofuels Expert
Francielle Carvalho is a DSc candidate at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds an MSc in Energy Planning from COPPE and is a Chemical Engineer from PUC-Rio. She developed her dissertation on the Brazilian potential for aviation biofuels production. Her research focus on assessing mitigation strategies for international shipping sector based on fuel shifts. Her scientific interest include bioenergy, life cycle assessment, advanced biofuels and energy transition. She worked on projects that focused on GHG reduction measures in the energy sector, assessment of associated environmental co-benefits, BECCS and technological needs assessment of mitigation technologies.
Gabriela N. da Silva
Hydrogen Applications Expert
Gabriela is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program (COPPE/UFRJ), researcher at Cenergia/COPPE/UFRJ and consultant at Escopo Energia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and a master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. Her M. Sc. dissertation theme addressed the production of green hydrogen to reduce CO2 emissions from oil refineries and her main studies are related to: green hydrogen, Power-to-gas systems, renewable energy, energy transition and GHG mitigation projects. She has also worked in the Chemical Industry, at Braskem and at Infineum (Shell-Exxon joint venture).
Biofuels, Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage Expert
Isabela Tagomori is a DSc candidate at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a Master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from EQ/UFRJ. She is currently enrolled as researcher at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). Her research focuses on developing a spatial-temporal model for the evaluation of bioenergy and carbon capture and storage value chains in Brazil, providing spatially explicit restrictions to the Brazilian Land Use and Energy Systems Model (BLUES). Her main fields of scientific interest include biofuels and bioenergy, and negative emissions technologies as climate mitigation options.
Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Expert
Leticia Magalar is currently a doctoral researcher at the Energy Planning program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a MSc degree in Energy and Environmental Planning at COPPE/UFRJ and a double degree in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering and Business at PUC-Rio and Queensland University in Australia. Her research interests are circular economy, life cycle assessment, integrated assessment models and climate change mitigation and adaptation analysis. She has several years of experience in the inventory of greenhouse gases and projects related to climate mitigation and adaptation, especially for the mining and chemical industries. She has developed research projects on water vulnerability, alternative energy sources, carbon pricing strategies and life cycle assessments. She has worked for companies such as FIAT, IBM, Ernst & Young and WayCarbon as a consultant and project coordinator.
Land use and biodiversity expert
Lucas Carvalho is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering from UFRRJ and master’s degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. His research interests are climate and environmental policies and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) issues. His research focuses on the incorporation of terrestrial Biodiversity in integrated assessment models.
Luiz Bernardo Baptista
Mr. Baptista is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from UFRJ and a master's degree in Energy Planning from Coppe/UFRJ. His research focuses on assessing climate impacts by applying the Brazilian integrated assessment model BLUES. His main research interests are integrated assessment models, disruptive technologies, climate change impacts and mitigation and statistical analysis. He worked on projects with disruptive transportation technologies and technological needs assessment of mitigation technologies. In more recent projects, he worked with national and global integrated assessment model teams for intermodel comparison analysis.
Energy Transition and Critical Materials Expert
Marianne Zotin is a researcher and Doctoral student in the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and a MSc degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. She developed her master's dissertation on the role of China in the global energy transition. Currently, her thesis focuses on the role of organic, inorganic and critical materials in long-term climate mitigation scenarios. Her main research interests are related to the non-energy use of biomass, decarbonization of the industrial sector, integrated assessment models, energy transition and renewable energy policy-making.
Matheus is a doctoral student in the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from UFRJ. His doctoral research is related to the bunker consumpution in the Brazilian Cabotage and the evaluation of GNL powered vessel potential.
Energy Demand Modelling Expert
Paula Bezerra is a DSc candidate in the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She is a Bioprocess Engineer (UFRJ) and holds a MSc degree in Energy Planning from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ). Her doctoral project aims to improve the temporal representation of residential demand on Cenergia Lab's in-house Brazilian Integrated Assessment Model (BLUES), taking into account social and geographical heterogeneity. Paula is an invited researcher at CMCC, Italy, in the ENERGYA – Energy use for adaptation- project, where she evaluates how people can use energy and energy services to adapt on climate change scenarios.
Carbon Dioxide Removal expert
Pedro Maia is a doctoral student at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from EQ/UFRJ and a master's in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. His main research focus are carbon dioxide removal strategies, climate change mitigation and energy transition. His master's work was in direct air carbon capture and its utilization during short term possibly easing economic barriers for implementation. He also worked with direct methanol fuel cells for electric vehicles application during research at Cenergia/COPPE/UFRJ.
Pedro Rampini is a DSc student in Energy Planning at COPPE/UFRJ. He has carried his bachelor's studies in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering at PUC-Rio and at The Catholic University of America (USA), and his master's in Energy Planning at COPPE/UFRJ. Pedro has attained substantial professional experience both by working at the industrial level for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) and in the policy & research field at The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of The Global Environment Facility (GEF). He has focused his MSc dissertation on modelling national future passenger transport demand and understanding transformative trends in passenger mobility. Pedro’s main research interests include climate change mitigation, energy and transport modelling tools, smart mobility and transport systems’ evolution, and circular economy.
Oil Modelling Expert
Rebecca Draeger is a DSc candidate at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from UFF and a master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. She worked with Oil & Gas regulation at Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP). She developed her dissertation on improving the modelling of crude oil quality and refining schemes, and their representation in the CenergiaLab's in-house global integrated assessment model (COFFEE). Her main research interests include just transition, stranded assets, integrated assessment models, carbon capture and storage and climate change mitigation.
Carbon Dioxide Offshore Transportation Expert
Tainan is a D.Sc. candidate at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from UFRJ and master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. She developed her master's dissertation on offshore CO2 transport alternatives in Brazil and worked on a project to evaluate the prospects of carbon-neutral maritime fuels in Brazil. Her main research interests are carbon capture and storage, energy transition and climate change mitigation.
Agricultural residues expert
Taísa Morais is a researcher and doctoral student in the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She holds a degree in Bioprocess Engineering from EQ/UFRJ and a master's degree in Energy Planning from COPPE/UFRJ. By using the Brazilian integrated assessment model BLUES in her dissertation, she focused on the energy use from agricultural residues in terms of distributed and centralized energy generation. Her main research interests are the use of biomass and the aspects of sustainability related to the bioenergy chain.
Energy Demand and Distributional Impacts Expert
Talita Cruz is a DSc candidate at the Energy Planning Program at COPPE/UFRJ. She is a former 2019 YSSPer from IIASA with a master’s degree in Energy Planning from COPPE and bachelor’s degree in Economics from UFF. She is a research collaborator at CMCC, Italy, in the project ENERGYA, where she is evaluating how adaptation to climate change will impact energy use. Her research focuses on incorporating social heterogeneity in Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). Her main fields of scientific interest include income inequality and energy poverty, heterogeneous household energy use and distributional climate change impacts.
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