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    New Facility to Insure Renewable Energy Projects in Developing Countries

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Innovative Renewable Energy Insurance Facility Introduced to Cover Risks in Developing Countries
    RSA Insurance Group (RSA), and CarbonRe, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance […]

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    The 7th Round of REEEP Projects and LAC

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recently announced that in its seventh funding round it will fund 49 new clean energy projects in 25 countries, including 12 involving nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    REEEP is “an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, and facilitates financing for energy […]

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    FAO: Bioenergy Can Benefit Rural Poor / La bioenergía puede beneficiar a los pobres rurales

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study showing that bioenergy projects can benefit the rural poor. The study looks at 15 case studies in 12 nations in six regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to examine the impacts that different types of local level Bioenergy initiatives can have on […]

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    Paraná Promotes Energy from Biodigestors

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    If you’ve been reading The Temas Blog for awhile, you might recall a prior post about an idea promoted by the hydropower firm Itaipu Binacional (IB) to create a network of farm-based biodigestors across MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) that would generate electricity to power electric vehicles (built at facilities by the Itapu Dam) used […]

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    Mexico Plans to Cut 12 Mil. mT of Methane Emissions Per Year

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    During the just-concluded 2009 meeting of the international partners of the US’ “Methane to Markets” Partnership Program (MSM) in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico’s Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, declared that his country has identified 42 methane mitigation projects that should reduce Mexico’s CH4 emissions by 12 million metric tons (mT) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) […]

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    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less […]

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    Generating Power from Sewage Treatment Stations

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    The idea has been around awhile among industry experts: find a way to capture the methane normally released from sewage treatment plants, and utilize it to generate power while cutting or eliminating the plant’s releases of a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) — and perhaps get carbon credits for doing so.  But the Sanitation Company of […]

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    The Outlook for Biodiesel in Central America

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) recently released a report* it commissioned from a consultant that evaluates the prospects for biodiesel development in Central America generally, and individually in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  All four nations have expressed strong interest in replacing imported fossil fuels with locally […]

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    Corfo Helps 53 Renewable Energy Projects in Chile / Corfo apoya 53 proyectos de energía renovable en Chile

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Chilean Economic Development Agency (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción – CORFO) this year is co-financing 53 new renewable energy projects, 13 more than it did in 2006.  Of these, 29 are wind energy projects, 14 hydraulic power, five geothermal, two biomass and three biogas.  In terms of location, 10 involve […]

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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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