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    São Paulo’s New Bioenergy Research Program

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The state Research Foundation of São Paulo (Fapesp) has just launched a special program Research on Bioenergy (Bioen) that aims at marshalling the state’s considerable public and private R&D resources to adavance and apply all knowledge linked to ethanol production. São Paulo leads Brazil in ethanol production, and Brazil rivals the US […]

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    BNDES Supports Cogeneration Using Sugarcane Waste

    Monday, July 7th, 2008

    The announcement of National Development Bank (BNDES) backing for cogeneration utilizing sugarcane bagasse in São Paulo was followed not long thereafter by a São Paulo state decree eliminating the charge of sales tax (Impostos Sobre Circulação de Mercadorias e Prestação de Serviços – ICMS) on operations of sugarcane/alcohol plants and cogeneration utilizing their bagasse — […]

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    CARICOM To Enter Environmental Policy Arena

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    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 meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it even […]

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    CNPq to Invest R$22 million in Biofuel Research

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Brazil's National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$ 22 million to stimulate research that aids improvements in the production of ethanol and biodiesel in Brazil.  The resources will be tapped from CNPq's existing Sectoral Funds for Petroleum and Natural Gas (CT-Petro), Agro-business (CT-Agro) and Biotechnology (CT-Biotechnology).  Two […]

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    An Agreement to Promote Caribbean Renewable Energy Projects

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Temas Observation: While the parties to this agreement say it’s about all renewable energy sources — not just bioenergy — and energy efficiency, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that this is mostly about bioenergy and that energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave power will get short shrift. Bioenergy clearly is the main […]

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    Guyana to Host Caribbean Bioenergy Seminar

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    To fully understand the antecedents for this seminar, check out prior posts on the IDB’s strategy for biofuels, the OAS’ renewed commitment to sustainable energy, and Guyana’s biofuel protential. From the Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA): Government to convene high-level bio-level seminar In light of recent reforms and growing interest in the production of bio-energy, […]

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    IDB’s First Loan to a Private Sector Bioenergy Project / Primeiro financiamento do BID ao setor privado para bioenergia

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB approves US$120 million for biofuel project in Brazil First IDB private sector financing for bioenergy The Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank today approved its first private sector financing for a bioenergy project in Brazil for a total of US$120 million to Usina Moema Acúcar e […]

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    A Bioenergy Law in Limbo

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Approved, But Not Yet Law The Mexican Congress passed a national bioenergy bill at the end of April, but you’d hardly know it. The action was only briefly noted in a few national and specialized journals at the time. No big momentous press releases issued from the President’s office, or the Secretaries of Energy, Environment […]

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    In Ethanol, as São Paulo Goes, So Goes Brazil?

    Thursday, May 10th, 2007

    The Governor of São Paulo State (SP), José Serra, recently announced the creation of a high-profile “Special Bioenergy Commission” to map out where the State goes in the production of “clean and renewable energy” in coming years. Within six months (i.e., before the end of October) the Commission is provide the Governor with an action […]

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    Global Bioenergy Partnership Launches Its Website

    Thursday, May 10th, 2007

    Temas Observation: It is curious that Mexico is one of the GBEP Partners, but Brazil is not. I wonder what Brasilia has to say about that? From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): Global Bioenergy Partnership web site launched today Promotes information sharing on bioenergy The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) today unveiled its […]

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