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    CNPq to Invest R$22 million in Biofuel Research

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Brazil's National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$ 22 million to stimulate research that aids improvements in the production of ethanol and biodiesel in Brazil.  The resources will be tapped from CNPq's existing Sectoral Funds for Petroleum and Natural Gas (CT-Petro), Agro-business (CT-Agro) and Biotechnology (CT-Biotechnology).  Two […]

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    Cidadania Ambiental

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    It is an honor and pleasure to introduce this guest poster. Arnaldo Jardim is a civil engineer with many years of public service in Brazil, first in state executive posts (including Housing Secretary) and then as a State Deputy in São Paulo (SP), and currently as a Federal Deputy. While State Deputy he […]

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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence.
    If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, increase […]

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    Biofuel in Barbados?

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

    If you’re not familiar yet with Barbados Free Press but care about the West Indies, you should check out BFP.  Sometimes quirky, but always entertaining and usually informative, BFP loves to disclose and comment provocatively on what the island’s traditional press reports timidly or sometimes not at all.  And there’s always many, many comments to […]

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    Toward a Brazilian Certification Program for Biofuel

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: At the end of July Brazil’s national certification authority, the National Institute of Meteorology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) held a consultation at their office in Rio de Janeiro on its plan to launch a Brazilian Biofuel Certification Program. The program primarily aims at helping Brazilian biofuel exports (particularly, but not […]

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    An Agreement to Promote Caribbean Renewable Energy Projects

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Temas Observation: While the parties to this agreement say it’s about all renewable energy sources — not just bioenergy — and energy efficiency, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that this is mostly about bioenergy and that energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave power will get short shrift. Bioenergy clearly is the […]

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    IDB’s First Loan to a Private Sector Bioenergy Project / Primeiro financiamento do BID ao setor privado para bioenergia

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$120 million for biofuel project in Brazil
    First IDB private sector financing for bioenergy
    The Board of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank today approved its first private sector financing for a bioenergy project in Brazil for a total of US$120 million to Usina Moema Acúcar e Alcohol Ltda., a […]

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    Guyana’s Biofuels Potential

    Monday, July 23rd, 2007

    Not too long ago the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) released a report assessing Guyana’s potential as a producer of biofuels. The report did not receive much attention outside of Guyana at the time, so I thought I would provide a quick look at it here on The Temas […]

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    Banco do Brasil Adopts Its Own Agenda 21

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

    Photo: Valter Campanato/ Agência Brasil

    Synopsis in English: With much fanfare in the Brazilian media, Brazil’s oldest (founded 1808) bank and one of its largest and most profitable, Banco do Brasil (BB), announced on 30 May the launch of its very own “Agenda 21” (Agenda 21 is the name of the plan of action resulting from […]

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    A Bioenergy Law in Limbo

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Approved, But Not Yet Law
    The Mexican Congress passed a national bioenergy bill at the end of April, but you’d hardly know it. The action was only briefly noted in a few national and specialized journals at the time. No big momentous press releases issued from the President’s office, or the Secretaries of Energy, […]

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