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    IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets

    Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...]

    A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
    A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

    An Ambitious Energy Efficiency Law for Uruguay

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    Yesterday Uruguay promulgated an ambitious Law on the Efficient Use of Energy (“UEE Law”) that may be  the broadest energy efficiency law yet in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The law is largely the same as the bill proposed in 2008 by the President and drafted with help from a project funded by the [...]

    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as [...]

    The Time is Ripe for Energy Efficiency Focus in LAC / Es la hora en LAC para potenciar la eficiencia energética

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):
    The Region is Before a Historical Opportunity to Heighten Energy Efficiency

    Experts discussed the situation and future of energy use in Latin America and the Caribbean during an inter-governmental meeting at the Commission headquarters.

    Latin America and the Caribbean are before a historical opportunity to strengthen [...]

    Brazil Needs to Retool its Energy Efficiency Efforts in Industry

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    The focus of action of Brazilian government initiatives regarding energy efficiency in industry needs to be adjusted, and if done properly, could result in annual savings as high as R$6.8 billion per year.
    This is one of the conclusions of the report Energy Efficiency in Industry: What Has Been Done in Brazil, Opportunities to Reduce Costs [...]

    A Green IT Law for Brazil?

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Yesterday the Environment Committee and Consumer Protection (CMA) of the Brazilian Senate discussed a draft committee opinion on a green IT bill just introduced last May.  The committee rapporteur for Senate bill (PLS) 173/2009 recommended its approval. The CMA decided to hold a hearing on the bill before deciding on the draft opinion, with invitations [...]

    Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

    Monday, August 10th, 2009

    From EPEAT:
    The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT

    International Green IT purchasing system enables electronics manufacturers to register computers and monitors in 40 countries

    The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in [...]

    Brazil Updates Mandatory Energy Label for Air Conditioners

    Saturday, August 1st, 2009

    Brazil recently adopted a new set of rules for conformity assessment and energy effficiency labeling for air conditioners.  Among other things, National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) Portaria 215, adopted on 23 July 2009 and published in the federal gazette on 27 July:

    extended the rules and compulsory labeling requirement (see sample below [...]

    Update on Mexico’s Appliance Exchange Program

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    In January I posted about how Mexico has joined Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old refrigerators and/or air conditioners for newer, more efficient models.  Now the Energy Secretariat (SENER) reports that as of 23 July nearly 71,000 appliances had been replaced under the program.  The states with [...]

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