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  • An Ambitious Energy Efficiency Law for Uruguay

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    Yesterday Uruguay promulgated an ambitious Law on the Efficient Use of Energy (“UEE Law”) that may be  the broadest energy efficiency law yet in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The law is largely the same as the bill proposed in 2008 by the President and drafted with help from a project funded by the […]

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    Trade in Used Cars in the Americas: Good for the Environment?

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    A recent working paper by two US economists looks at the environmental consequences of international trade in durable goods through data regarding trade in used cars between the United States and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  [A tip of the hat to Rob over at Globalisation and the Environment for alerting […]

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    Brazilian Fuel Economy Labels for Cars

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    Latin America, it seems, is becoming more interested in fuel economy.  I wrote in an August post about Chile’s proposal for a fuel efficiency/greenhouse gas emission label for cars, and more recently about Mexico’s new government website for consumers to use in shopping for fuel-efficient vehicles.  Now it’s Brazil’s turn.  In November its National Institute […]

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    Eco-Shopping for Cars in Mexico

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    Recently Mexico launched an initiative to promote consumer purchases of vehicles with better fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that is, as far as I can tell, unique to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  The Environment Secretariat (SEMARNAT), via the National Ecology Institute (INE), the Office of the Federal Consumer Prosecutor (Profeco) […]

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    CO2 Emission Labels for Vehicles

    Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

    Chile may become the first Latin American or Caribbean (LAC) nation to require cars to bear labels about their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Several European nations already require such labeling, and a regulatory agency recently proposed a unique GHG emission label for cars sold in California. The lower house of Chile’s legislature, the Chamber of […]

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    Grappling with Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    How best to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships? That is the tricky issue the London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) is currently grappling with. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency created in 1959 to facilitate cooperation among governments in all technical matters involving shipping engaged in international trade, including prevention and control […]

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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 — reduction […]

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    Should Brazil Get More Credit for Climate Change Steps Already Taken?

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    This one has been sitting in the backlog queue since November, demanding to be finished and released. Recent comments by Environment Minister Silva gave me a new reason to do so and a “hook” to hang it on besides! Just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in Paris earlier this month its […]

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