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    R$101 mil. for Small Hydro in Bahia / R$101 milhões para PCH em Bahia

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES approves R$ 101 million in financing for Bahia PCH I
    The directors of the BNDES have approved R$ 101 million in financing for the company Bahia PCH I. The funds will be used to construct a Small Hydroelectric Plant (PCH Sítio Grande), with installed capacity of 25 megawatts (MW), and […]

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    A New Sustainable Energy Program for the Caribbean / Un programa nuevo para energía sostenible en el Caribe

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports sustainable energy in the Caribbean

    Grants finance efforts to generate energy from waste, wind and sun; improve efficiency, and lower hotel energy costs

    Barbados, Bahamas and eventually other Caribbean countries will explore cutting-edge alternatives to lower their dependency on fossil fuels and improve their energy security with four grants approved […]

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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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    Brazil’s CPFL Receives Award for Leadership in Socially & Environmentally Sustainable Development

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    Brazil’s CPFL Energia Receives IFC Client Leadership Award
    CPFL Energia S.A., Brazil’s largest private electricity company, today received IFC’s Client Leadership Award, which recognizes the company’s efforts in bringing electricity to 6.3 million new customers and creating more than 7,000 jobs. The company is also making exemplary efforts to reduce energy […]

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    Jagdeo on Climate Change and Guyana

    Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

    Recently the Stabroek News carried an article reporting on a series of statements by President Bharrat Jagdeo on the issues of climate change. He was speaking at the People’s Progessive Party (PPP) congress.
    Jagdeo claimed that adapting to global climate change will cost Guyana “billions.” He said that to adapt Guyana must fortify 360 […]

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    Wood Pellets, “Green” Energy and Carbon Credits / Pellets de madera, energía “verde” y créditos de carbono

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

    Converting wood waste into pellets to reduce greenhouse gases
    Costa Rica pioneers “green” project for poor countries
    Costa Rica’s pilot project to convert polluting wood residues into a profitable “green” energy source, presents new prospects for timber industries in developing countries, FAO said today.
    The project converts large stockpiles of […]

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    Carbon Credits for Light Bulbs

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English:  Chile is providing energy-efficient lightbulbs to the 40% of its households with low income, and is paying for the program with about US$1.4 million in carbon credits.  The carbon bonds for the Allowance Program for Lightbulb Change (PSRA) will be placed with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which plans […]

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    O futuro é hoje!

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    It is a pleasure to welcome a second guest post by Brazilian Federal Deputy Arnaldo Jardim — for a full introduction please see his "Cidadania Ambiental."  As I mentioned in that post, for those of you who cannot read Portuguese, you can always use the handy translation button in the righthand column of this blog.
    É […]

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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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