Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte

Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte
Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte

At a joint meeting of four committees of the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Norte, project 499/2023, an initiative of the RN government, was presented this Tuesday morning (2), which deals with the establishment of the legal framework in the hydrogen sector green and green industry in RN.

The project also deals with the creation of the North-Rio-Grandense green hydrogen and green industry program (PNRH2V) and was presented by experts to the Constitution, Justice and Writing committees (CCJ); Finance and Inspection (CFF) and the Education, Science and Technology, Socioeconomic Development, Environment and Tourism and Administration committees.

Conducting the meeting, deputy Hermano Morais (PV) stated that the idea is to inform all committees of the project that will be responsible for analyzing it. “It is a new and important matter from the point of view of generating jobs and income, as well as from its environmental aspect, issues of concern to this House,” he said.

The project has 49 articles and the subject was explained by the Energy Development coordinator of the RN Economic Development Secretariat; by UFRN professor and member of the Brazilian Energy Program, Mário Gonzales; by the director of the Center for Natural Resources and Energy Strategies (Cerne), Darlan Santos; in addition to the president of the Brazilian Institute of Energy Transition (INTÉ), Diogo Pignataro and the general director of Idema, Werner Farkatt Barbosa.

“RN is at the forefront with the country’s first legal framework and this is of significant importance in this energy transition process to move away from dependence on fossil fuels and open new markets over the coming decades”, stated Hugo Fonseca. The coordinator informed that RN will be a reference for other States and the technology is already being shared within the Northeast Consortium.

“It is an innovative project, which allows the activity to be carried out in a regulated manner and providing legal security to investors, boosting the industrial sector and providing sustainable development not only in RN, but contributing to changing the energy matrix”, he said.

Professor Mário Gonzales argued that the legal framework is important not only for RN: “This new technology is already being used by some countries, such as Germany, Sweden and in recent months in Africa. The decarbonization of the planet and the application of renewable sources is an important fact for the planet and for the continuity of life on the planet,” he stated.

The director of Cerne, Darlan Santos stated that a qualified environment in RN is important for companies to make their investments. “RN already has initiatives to prepare and it would also be important to expect the use of hydrogen, which could impact future projects,” he said.

In his explanation, the president of INTÉ, Diogo Pignataro, stated that the topic has been worked on in the National Congress since 2022 and that there are three major projects underway. “The competition for green hydrogen is global, so we need to think about our specificities, what we can do here so that investments do not leave RN for other places,” he said.

The director of Idema, Werner Farkatt, stated that the institute will need to adjust to the new scenario and that without clear regulations, the sector will have weaknesses. “Idema has a role in the development of the State, we license everything from a pizzeria to a photovoltaic complex and we need a strengthened Idema, so that the State can develop with legal and environmental security”, stated the manager, who thanked parliamentarians for the approval of projects related to the institute.

Deputies Francisco do PT, Luiz Eduardo (SDD) and Isolda Dantas (PT) also spoke. Francisco highlighted that the project was submitted to public consultations and hearings. “He arrives at the Assembly with the contribution of important sectors”. For deputy Luiz Eduardo, “it is important that RN has a law that provides legal certainty and creates a good business environment to attract investments, because the projection is that by 2027 the world will see an economic increase of almost R$3 trillion with this energy.”

The issue of sustainability and the impact on families residing in the regions was highlighted in the speech of deputy Isolda Dantas: “RN today has 51 cities that already have wind farms, more than a thousand contracts will be signed in the State’s territories and 50% are under control of foreign companies. This has an impact mainly on family farming, as food is not produced in those parks and this has an impact from the point of view of mental health, soil erosion, and trees,” she pondered.

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