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    Toward an ISO Energy Management Standard

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

    Last week in Rio de Janeiro and yesterday in São Paulo, Eletrobrás and the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) co-hosted workshops to try to get Brazilian business more actively involved in the process now underway in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop an international standard for energy management, ISO 50001.  One of […]

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    Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

    Monday, August 10th, 2009

    From EPEAT:
    The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT

    International Green IT purchasing system enables electronics manufacturers to register computers and monitors in 40 countries

    The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in […]

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    More Progress on P2R2 in Brazil

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    Earlier this year I posted about how slowly Brazil’s states were taking up their role under the National Plan for the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2”), and more recently about Environment Ministry (MMA) efforts to move things along.
    Now comes some new signs of movement among the […]

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    Brazil Producing Generic Version of Tamiflu

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (commonly known by its old name, Farmanguinhos), a subsidiary of the state-run public health entity Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), has started producing capsules of oseltamivir phosphate, the generic version of the marketed by pharma multinational Roche as Tamiflu, for distribution by the Health Ministry (MS) to reference hospitals […]

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    Brazil Updates Mandatory Energy Label for Air Conditioners

    Saturday, August 1st, 2009

    Brazil recently adopted a new set of rules for conformity assessment and energy effficiency labeling for air conditioners.  Among other things, National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) Portaria 215, adopted on 23 July 2009 and published in the federal gazette on 27 July:

    extended the rules and compulsory labeling requirement (see sample below […]

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    Another Momentum Indicator on Used Motor Oil Packaging in Brazil?

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    A couple of months ago I wondered aloud if maybe a bill introduced in São Paulo‘s (SP) state assembly was an early indicator of a momentum shift in the hitherto slow-building movement in Brazil to promote the collection and recycling of the packaging that the new motor oil comes in.
    Now comes another curious indicator.  A […]

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    An E-Waste Bill for Bahia

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    I’m on vacation in the Caribbean, with limited internet access (and a damaged laptop) and in any case supposedly ignoring my inbox and not posting.  But I peeked at the web version of my inbox using a relative’s laptop and, seeing a note on this, could not resist a quick post.
    It shows something I have […]

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    Time for a New Biodiesel Policy in Brazil?

    Friday, July 17th, 2009

    Luiz Prado says it’s time for Brazil to adopt a “serious” national policy on biodiesel.  I think he has a point.
    Brazil has had a biodiesel policy — er, make that a biodiesel program — since 2003.  It has a number of elements, but the lynchpins are a blending mandate (currently set at B4), and a […]

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    Nutrition Labeling for Airline Food in Brazil?

    Thursday, July 16th, 2009

    Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has “recommended” to all Brazilian airline companies* to comply with Law 10.674 (requiring consumers to be informed whether foods contain gluten or not) and existing National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) regulations on nutrition labeling (Resolutions RDC 359/03 and 360/03) within the next 30 days.  The Anvisa regulations impose mandatory nutrition […]

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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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