The Time is Ripe for Energy Efficiency Focus in LAC / Es la hora en LAC para potenciar la eficiencia energéticaTuesday, September 15th, 2009
From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):
The Region is Before a Historical Opportunity to Heighten Energy Efficiency
Experts discussed the situation and future of energy use in Latin America and the Caribbean during an inter-governmental meeting at the Commission headquarters.
Latin America and the Caribbean are before a historical opportunity to strengthen […]
From The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership):
Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council Announce Merger to Form Tourism Sustainability Council
Two leading initiatives launch effort to provide global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation for travel industry to help protect the environment and support local communities
The Partnership for Global […]
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 […]
Brazil has just launched the Brazilian Program for the Elimination of HCFCs (PBH) to end that nation’s use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Montreal Protocol (on substitutes that deplete the ozone layer) used a refrigerants in such products as freezers and […]
From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
Hemispheric energy innovation contest announced
Donors offer up to $200,000 to finance multiple proposals for promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean
Novel ideas for improving energy efficiency and expanding access to renewable energy in Latin American and Caribbean countries will receive up to $200,000 […]
A working group co-chaired by the National Environment Commission’s directorate for the Metropolitan Region (CONAMA-RM), the mayor’s office and the nongovernmental organization Casa de La Paz (“Peace House”) — aided by the steel firm Gerdau AZA and the German technical cooperation agency GTZ — has hammered out an action plan to have the RM — […]
Recently Costa Rica was presented its long-awaited Solid Waste Plan (PRESOL) by the entities belonging to the Inter-Institutional Platform of the Competitiveness and Environment Program (CYMA): the Health Ministry (MinSalud), the Planning Ministry (Mideplan), the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the Institute for Municipal Development and Advice (Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal – […]
One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one. The meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it […]
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 […]
Recently Mexico’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARNAT) announced with great fanfare the release of a “manual” on municipal composting. This “manual” actually was co-produced last autumn by SEMARNAT’s National Ecology Institute (INE) and the German technical cooperation agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH.
What was interesting was not so much the so-called manual itself, which […]