From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power
“In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...]
President Bachelet has sent the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention on Dumping to the Chilean Congress for ratification, and initial indications are that both houses view ratification favorably. If they do so, it will change Chilean law on disposing of wastes at sea and make Chile only the sixth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) [...]
From the World Steel Association:
Global steel can recycling rate reaches highest recorded level
The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announced today that 7.2 million metric tons (mmt) of steel cans were recycled across the 37 countries reporting in 2007. This avoided approximately 13 mmt of CO2 emissions.
The global recycling rate for steel cans was 68% in [...]
Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005. I found this inventory interesting and this you might too. MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions. [...]
Mexico has an interesting environmental audit program. In many countries, environmental audits are voluntary assessments done internally by companies, or by accredited third parties they hire, following their own design and the results of which usually are utilized internally to adjust practices and ensure compliance.
In Mexico, the National Environmental Audit Program (PNAA) [...]
In mid-May the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved two loans worth US$200 million to the Brazilian steel firm Gerdau Açominas S.A. for “capital investment” at its Ouro Branco mill in Minas Gerais state (the mill is located about 100 kilometers southeast of Belo Horizonte). Loan A of US$50 million is from the Bank’s capital, [...]
Municipalities have been known to spend thousands of dollars to consultants to provide them with an assessment of the economic and environmental viability of creating and implementing a municipal recycling program. Now several Brazilian professors have created a software package that they claim will do all that with just a few clicks of a computer [...]
One of Brazil’s biggest home-grown multinationals and employers, the Doce River Valley Company (Companhia Vale do Rio Doce – CVRD) has decided to take its efforts on sustainable development and social responsibility to the next level: it is refusing to supply iron ore to clients that are not complying with Brazilian environmental and labor standards.
At the end of November a coalition of entities representing major segments of the mining and metals industries* issued a joint “Declaration on Recycling Principles.” As you may have discerned by now, everything having to do with waste and recycling interests me. I downloaded the Declaration, jotted notes and questions in a draft [...]