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  • CO2 Emissions Increase from Brazilian Industry and Transport

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    The Environment Ministry (MMA) is considering further measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry and the energy sector. Estimates released today by Environment Minister Carlos Minc shows that industry and power generation and consumption are increasing their share of Brazil’s total GHG emissions.
    The new estimates suggest that Brazil is moving towards an emission […]

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    Mexican Consumer Group Demands Vehicle Efficiency Labeling / Los consumidores mexicanos exigen etiquetado de eficiencia y de las emisiones de los vehículos

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    Synopsis in English: A Mexican consumer group, The Power of the Consumer (El Poder del Consumidor – EPC) is calling upon automobile manufacturers to label all new vehicles sold in Mexico regarding their fuel efficiency [kilometers (km) per liter consumed] and greenhouse gas emissions [primarily grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted per km], similar to […]

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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    LAC Could Save US$36 bn Via Energy Efficiency / ALC podrían ahorrar US$36mil millones con eficiencia energética

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Latin America and the Caribbean could save US$36 billion through energy efficiency investments by 2018
    New IDB report compares energy consumption, fuel and electricity prices; claims efficiency could be region’s largest untapped source of energy
    Latin American and Caribbean countries could save an estimated US$36 billion over the next decade by adopting […]

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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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    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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    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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    Two ECLAC Technical Studies on Biofuels / Dos estudios técnicos de CEPAL sobre biocombustibles

    Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

    It’s the second week of December already, and I still have so many draft posts in the queue from this autumn (Sept.-Nov.) that I really should finish and publish, so don’t be surprised if entries start coming fast-and-furious, particularly shorter ones briefly presenting and/or commenting on studies and reports pertinent to environmental, health or consumer […]

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