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Brazilian contributions to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 and policy implications

Rampasso, IS and Martins, VWB and Pavan Serafim, M and Cavaliero, CKN and Gonçalvez Quelhas, OL and Leal Filho, W and Anholon, R (2021) Brazilian contributions to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 and policy implications. Kybernetes. ISSN 0368-492X

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Abstract

Purpose: The seventh United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7) is broadly characterised by ensuring affordable and clean energy for all. Considering the need for research associated with SDGs in developing countries, the Brazilian economy importance and its energy matrix, the purpose of this study is to evaluate how Brazil has been acting in favour of 7th SDGs targets. Design/methodology/approach: The methodological strategy used was a survey conducted with 42 energy planning specialists who know the Brazilian reality. Data were analysed via averages and the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) technique. Findings: The results show that, in general, the actions taken by Brazil to achieve the goals related to SDG 7 have been developed in a simply and punctually form, needing to move considerably towards developing more planned activities; with this, satisfactory and consolidated results are expected on a national scale. Originality/value: The information presented can significantly contribute to the broadening of debates associated with sustainable development and energy planning, for both academic and political-economic spheres. Information present here can support future more profound studies, and these, in turn, support the Brazilian government in better actions to achieve the SDG 7 targets.

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