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  • IDB Updates Its Biofuels Scorecard

    Friday, September 11th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

    Update incorporates feedback from five regional consultations and addresses concerns regarding food security, indigenous peoples and biodiversity preservation

    The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel […]

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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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    Mexico’s Superama Chain to Recycle Plastic Bags

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Mexico’s Superama supermarket chain, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart de Mexico, has launched a campaign to collect and recycle plastic shopping bags.  The chain hopes to recycle at least one million bags annually, and notes that if they only meet (but not excede, as they hope to do) this goal, they will save 59.6 metric tons […]

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    LAC Legislators to Discuss Linkages Between Climate and Financial Challenges / Legisladores de ALC abordarán doble desafío de crisis financiera y climática / Legisladores abordarão o duplo desafio das crises financeira e climática

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Ahead of UN Climate Conference in Poznan-Poland, Senior Legislators to Address Twin Challenge of Financial and Climate Crisis
    Seventy senior legislators from across the Americas will gather in Mexico City November 21-23 to examine how to overcome the twin challenges of the global financial and climate crises. The meeting is intended to help […]

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    Energy Efficiency Loan to Brazil’s Largest Flat Steelmaker / Empréstimo para financiar eficiência energética em siderúrgica brasileira

    Monday, November 10th, 2008

    By my count, this is the second loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Usiminas to improve energy efficiency in their steelmaking, cut carbon emissions and calculate their carbon footprint. The loan from last May covered its Ouro Branco mill, this one its new Santana do Paraiso mill, both in Minas Gerais state.
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    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
    Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank
    Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme ”Tourism Responding […]

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    Do Travelers Really Want to Minimize/Offset Their Eco-Impacts?

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    Lonely Planet says that they do. LP is a publisher of popular travel guides and related travel services.
    In LP's most recent annual survey of travelers, covering 24,500 people worldwide, 93% said that they would consider environmentally-friendly travel in the future, a majority are worried about the carbon emissions from flying, and 79% would consider […]

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