Dr. Sergio Pacca

Lead Scholar 2014

The Distinguished Lead Scholar will provide the overall leadership and facilitation of the Fulbright NEXUS Program.


Dr. Sergio PaccaSergio Pacca is Associate Professor at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH) of the University of São Paulo (USP). He teaches in the Environmental Management Undergraduate Program and in the Energy and Sustainability Graduate Programs at USP. He is the director of the Research Group on Carbon Emissions Policy and Regulation (NUPPREC-USP), and member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE). He is Associate Editor of the journal Resources Conservation & Recycling.

Pacca received two undergraduate degrees: Agronomy (1987) and Social Sciences (1992) and his masters in Energy (1998) from the University of São Paulo (USP). He received his doctorate in Energy and Resources (2003) from the University of California at Berkeley for his work on the effect of global warming on electricity generated technologies. Pacca’s post-doctoral research was spent at the University of California at Berkeley (2004) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005) in field of environmental engineering. In 2011, Pacca continued his post-doctoral research at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) of Hiroshima University for 3 months.

Pacca’s research focuses on life cycle assessment (LCA) applied to energy, construction and other climate change mitigation technologies. Between 2008 and 2010 he taught short courses on LCA at the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland. He has collaborated in the assessment of bioenergy, especially sugarcane based carriers. The goal of such studies is to determine the carbon balance of the system based on a comprehensive view of carbon stocks and flows, considering multiple technologies such as hybrid vehicles and bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS).