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    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 […]

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    CO2 Emissions Increase from Brazilian Industry and Transport

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    The Environment Ministry (MMA) is considering further measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry and the energy sector. Estimates released today by Environment Minister Carlos Minc shows that industry and power generation and consumption are increasing their share of Brazil’s total GHG emissions.
    The new estimates suggest that Brazil is moving towards an emission […]

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    Latin America’s First Hydrogen Bus

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

    Brazil is known for many “green” experiments and firsts in transportation.  Think of Curitiba’s groundbreaking work on bus rapid transit, Brazil’s pioneering work on sugarcane ethanol and use of flex-fuel vehicles, the country’s aggressive biodiesel program, Vale’s trains run on biodiesel, Itaipu’s development of electric cars that can be charged from biodigestors, and the use […]

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    Making Mexico City Bicycle-Friendly

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    The Government of Mexico’s Federal District — essentially Mexico City and its environs — is pushing to make bicycling a viable, desirable and desired alternative form of transport (and healthy exercise) in the country’s capital city. Among other things, the GDF has:

    constructed some bike paths (ciclovias);
    installed bike parking racks in popular places like Chapultepec […]

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    Mexican Consumer Group Demands Vehicle Efficiency Labeling / Los consumidores mexicanos exigen etiquetado de eficiencia y de las emisiones de los vehículos

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Synopsis in English: A Mexican consumer group, The Power of the Consumer (El Poder del Consumidor – EPC) is calling upon automobile manufacturers to label all new vehicles sold in Mexico regarding their fuel efficiency [kilometers (km) per liter consumed] and greenhouse gas emissions [primarily grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted per km], similar to […]

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    Colombia Sets Zero Tariffs on Electric Cars, Studies Doing Same for Other “Clean” Vehicles

    Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

    Last month I posted about Colombia’s decision to import (and promote) the Reva electric car.  Now comes word that the Triple A Committee on Customs, Tariff and Trade Affairs has approved a zero import tariff for the first 100 of the cars.  Ten will be imported in December, the other 90 in the first half […]

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    Electric Cars for Colombia

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    First Chile, now Colombia.  Where next for electric cars in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?
    The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that it is bringing the REVA electric car to […]

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    CO2 Emission Labels for Vehicles

    Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

    Chile may become the first Latin American or Caribbean (LAC) nation to require cars to bear labels about their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Several European nations already require such labeling, and a regulatory agency recently proposed a unique GHG emission label for cars sold in California.
    The lower house of Chile’s legislature, the Chamber of […]

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    Dia Sin Auto en Chile

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    Last weekend (22 Sept.) it was World Carfree Day, celebrated mainly in Latin America in Brazil, Quito, Ecuador and San Luis Potosí, Mexico. By all accounts it was a success in Brazil — for details in Portuguese (including some nice photos) on what happened in the various cities there, check with the Rua Viva […]

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    Locomotives Run on Biodiesel

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    Last May the Doce River Valley Company (Companhia Vale do Rio Doce – CVRD) announced plans to use biofuels in its locomotives.  I knew that was economically significant news, since in addition to being the world's second largest mining company, CVRD is Brazil's largest logistics operator, owning three railroads — Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), […]

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