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    Wal-Mart Mexico Promotes Exchange for Energy-Efficient Appliances

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    Wal-Mart Mexico is joining the Energy Secretariat’s (SENER) expanded Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) program for promoting the exchange of old refrigerators and air conditioners for new energy-efficient models.  The 17 Walmart, 62 Bodega Aurrerá and eight Sam’s Club stores in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán can trade […]

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    Toward a Sustainable Energy Matrix for Peru? / ¿Hasta nueva matriz de energía sostenible en el Perú?

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Because of their choice of headline (“IDB Support Creation of New Sustainable Energy Matrix in Peru”), most readers of the IDB’s press release on this loan might come away with the impression that the loan is mostly about the promotion of non-traditional renewable energy sources (wind power, small hydro, geothermal) and bioenergy.
    Read between the lines, […]

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    Mexico City’s Sustainable Housing Units Program

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — essentially Mexico City and its environs, where a large percentage of Mexico’s population resides — has launched a Sustainable Housing Units Program.  The program will finance the installation of solar water heaters in housing, not only to reduce residential electricity and gas consumption (and thus homeowner’s utility bills by as […]

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    Greenpeace Pushes Energy Efficiency Agenda in Mexico

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Greenpeace Mexico just launched an all-out push for Mexico to ban incandescent light bulbs and aggressively adopt energy efficiency as part of its commitments to combat global climate change.  GP Mexico released a manifesto, “El primer paso para la eficiencia energética en México” (“the First Step Toward Energy Efficiency in Mexico”), launched a new website […]

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    Wal-Mart Promotes Cleaner Production & Energy Efficiency Among Its Central American Suppliers

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Wal-Mart Stores and World Environment Center Launch Cleaner Production Partnership in Central America
    The World Environment Center (WEC), in partnership with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., today announced the launch of a major initiative which aims to increase cleaner production and energy efficiency (CP/EE) practices in two countries, El Salvador and Guatemala. The project is conducted through […]

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    McDonald’s Claims First “Ecological Restaurant” in Latin America

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

    McDonald’s just inaugurated what it claims to be the first “ecological restaurant” in Latin America — well, at least, the first one of their chain, anyway.  Take a look at why McDonald’s calls this an ecological restaurant and see if you agree:

    Arcos Dourados (“Golden Arches”), the company that manages the franchise network of McDonald’s restaurants […]

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    Honduras busca buenos hábitos de consumo de energía / Honduras Seeks to Changes Its Energy Consumption Habits

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The President, together with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and the Environment (SERNA), the Secretariat of Education (SE) and National Electrical Energy Company (ENEE), of Honduras have launched a national campaign called “Learning Rational use of Electrical Energy” (AURE) to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency.
    Beyond educational efforts to change the […]

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    Eye on Ads: Energy Savings II

    Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

    Several months ago, I posted here a Uruguayan ad urging citizens to save energy in their homes and offices. Here today is a recent one from Argentina’s Edenor (tip of the hat to Treehugger for alerting me to it) doing the same, but using humor. Victor Sueiro, a character famous for having ‘returned […]

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    Temas Reading List: Energy

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and Greenpeace International (GP). Working for the Climate: Renewable Energy & the Green Job [R]evolution.  English.  2009. 72 pp.
    GP undertook this study to determine whether there would be more jobs created by its “Energy [R]evolution” scenario (see below) — which called for a nine-fold increase in renewable energy and massive […]

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    A Sustainable Energy Plan for Barbados?

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    In an earlier article, I looked at the sustainability of Brazil’s long-range energy plans. Today I examine Barbados’ recently announced 20-year plans.
    The government of Prime Minister Owen Arthur recently presented to Parliament a ambitious draft national energy plan that has numerous environmental elements in it. While some have applauded its stated intentions […]

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