From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
IDB approves financing for hydropower project in Venezuela
Credit will enable completion of facility that will supply up to eight percent of the country’s electricity in a sustainable manner
The Inter-American Development Bank today approved an $800 million supplementary loan to Venezuela for the completion of the Manuel Pilar (also known as […]
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 […]
The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]
Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambienteWednesday, February 18th, 2009
Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running. The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]
While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up, and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]
A report released this week by the World Bank, Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change, argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) “is in a position to lead middle income countries in reducing emissions from deforestation, breaking the impasse on hydropower development, improving energy efficiency, and transforming urban transport.”
In presenting […]
The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment.
If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]
A Sixth Year as Aluminum Can Recycling Champion
The Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) recently announced that Brazil recycled 139,100 metric tons (Mt) of aluminum cans (about 10.3 billion cans) in 2006 for a recycling rate of 94.4%, assuring the first-place position for Brazil for the sixth year in a row, ahead of Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, Europe […]
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 […]