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    Recycling Ozone-Depleting Substances

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

    This week the Regeneration and Recycling Center of the Northeast (Centro de Regeneração e Reciclagem do Nordeste – CRN) will be inaugurated  in the capital of Pernambuco state, Recife. The principal purpose of the CRN is to collect, purify and recycle chlorofluorocarbon 12 (CFC-12), primarily taken from old refrigerators.  The Center can also regenerate other […]

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    Brazil Launches HCFC Elimination Program

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

    Brazil has just launched the Brazilian Program for the Elimination of HCFCs (PBH) to end that nation’s use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Montreal Protocol (on substitutes that deplete the ozone layer) used a refrigerants in such products as freezers and […]

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    Wal-Mart Mexico Promotes Exchange for Energy-Efficient Appliances

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    Wal-Mart Mexico is joining the Energy Secretariat’s (SENER) expanded Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) program for promoting the exchange of old refrigerators and air conditioners for new energy-efficient models.  The 17 Walmart, 62 Bodega Aurrerá and eight Sam’s Club stores in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán can trade […]

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    Mexico Launches Massive Refrigerator, Air Conditioner Exchange Program

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Mexico is joining Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old appliances for newer, more efficient models.  President Calderón and Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) have announced a 750 million peso expansion of its Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) pilot program which it has run […]

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    Unique Customs Cooperation Pact on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month Ministers from Central America and the Dominican Republic responsible for the environment, agriculture, health, defense and customs signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Convention for the Control of Imports, Exports and Transit Related to Multilateral Environment Agreements.  The accord is supposedly the first of its kind in the world (I would be interested to […]

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    Time to Turn in Your Old Refrigerators, Bogotá

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one — the good news that at the end of April, Colombia launched the pilot phase in Bogotá of a program to encourage consumers to voluntarily turn in […]

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    Brazil Wants CFCs Out of Inhalers

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil's National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) just published a portaria (an administrative regulation) that will ban, as of 01 January 2008, the production and import of medicines in metered dose inhalers (MDIs) that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as propellent. Anvisa is asking for public comment on the measure [Temas Observation: Interesting how Anvisa […]

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    Exchanging Refrigerators and Air Conditioners to Combat Climate Change

    Monday, July 9th, 2007

    The Environment Secretariat (SEA) of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) recently signed an agreement with a power company (Ampla) to initiate a program of the exchanging old refrigerators and air conditioners for new ones among the state’s poor families. A similar agreement is to be signed with Light, another power provider […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia

    Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has just published the latest edition of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment.
    If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, this is not […]

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    Argentina and Brazil Propose HCFC Phaseout

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Argentina and Brazil have submitted a joint proposal to the secretariat of the Montreal Protocol (on substances that deplete the ozone layer – ODS) calling for negotiations on phasing out use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Protocol in […]

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