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    Greenpeace’s Recipe for an Energy Revolution in Chile

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Greenpeace Chile recently presented to the government the Chilean version of its Energy [R]evolution scenario. To refresh memories, in the past GP [in cooperation with the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)] released a report, Global Energy [R]evolution, to show, through scenarios (both global and regional), that a global energy revolution is technically and economically feasible […]

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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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    Update on Mexico’s Appliance Exchange Program

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    In January I posted about how Mexico has joined Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old refrigerators and/or air conditioners for newer, more efficient models.  Now the Energy Secretariat (SENER) reports that as of 23 July nearly 71,000 appliances had been replaced under the program.  The states with […]

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    Brazil Begins Awarding Building Efficiency Labels

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    Earlier this year I posted about Brazil’s trailblazing initiative to provide energy efficiency labels for buildings.  Well, the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) has just announced that first five Brazilian buildings were given the labels in the form of steel plaques about the size of an A4 sheet of printing paper.  […]

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    Linkages Between Trade and Climate Change / Vinculos entre el comercio y el cambio climático

    Friday, June 26th, 2009

    From the World Trade Organization (WTO):
    WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change

    The world cannot continue with “business as usual” and there is a profound need for a successful conclusion to the current negotiations on both climate change and trade opening.

    The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade […]

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    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and […]

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    Caixa Creates Label for Sustainable Housing

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF, popularly known among Brazilians as simply “Caixa”), Latin America’s largest public bank, is already involved in promoting green building though its insistence on construction using certified wood and its concessionary financing for the installation of the solar panels and water heaters in Brazil’s recently announced “My House My Life” Program […]

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    Argentina Sets Minimum Efficiency Levels for Refrigerators

    Sunday, May 24th, 2009

    Argentina is one of the few Latin American nations (along with Brazil and Mexico) which has long (since 1999) had a mandatory energy efficiency labeling program for lighting and certain household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, water heaters).  Even so, to date the mandatory labels have only been issued for refrigerators, […]

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    The Case for Greater Power Savings in Electronics

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
    IEA expects energy use by new electronic devices to triple by 2030 but sees considerable room for more efficiency
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) calls on governments to urgently implement policies to make electronic devices such as televisions, laptops and mobile phones more energy-efficient. Presenting the new IEA publication Gadgets and […]

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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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