It’s time for South America to change how it plans for its economic future. 


Unless the world unites to decarbonize, carbon emissions and temperatures will continue to rise, and an increasingly climate-damaged economy will become the new normal, leaving South America one of the worst-affected regions on earth. But there is an alternative path. 

Fully committing to a decarbonized future would create an economic turning point for South America. 

By 2070 the region could have 2 million more jobs than it otherwise would in a climate-damaged, emissions-intensive world. The net benefit of the transition could grow to 1 per cent of GDP in 2070–US $150 billion–a benefit that could increase with each subsequent year. 

Transforming South America’s economies to create a net-zero future will require a significant commitment of leadership, time, resources, and coordination. But it offers a path to a prosperous and low-emission future. This potential future avoids the worst impacts of climate change and creates sustainable long-term economic growth for South America and the world.


South America highlights


Planning for South America’s economic future

The cost of inaction on climate change


The opportunity for South America

A decarbonized future would create a turning point for South America


Time to act

Four phases will shape our economic and climatic future

Dive into the data


Contact us

Dr Pradeep Philip

Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Anselmo Bonservizzi

ESG and Risk Advisory leader

Ricardo Briggs

Chief Executive Officer and Regional Managing Partner



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