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    A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
    A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

    Mexico City’s Sustainable Housing Units Program

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — essentially Mexico City and its environs, where a large percentage of Mexico’s population resides — has launched a Sustainable Housing Units Program.  The program will finance the installation of solar water heaters in housing, not only to reduce residential electricity and gas consumption (and thus homeowner’s utility bills by as [...]

    Can Rio Negro Implement an E-Waste Regime?

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Last July the Democratic Front bloc in the legislature of Argentina’s Rio Negro province (RN) introduced a bill to tackle the growing problem of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) in the province.  The state Environment Council (CODEMA), which is designated in the bill as the implementing and rule-making authority should [...]

    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 [...]

    El Salvador Launches Green Network on Corporate Environmental Responsibility

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    El Salvador’s President Elías Antonio Saca and Environment Minister Carlos Guerrero launched this week the “Green Network.” The Network seeks to get the private sector involved in environmental projects aimed at helping the nation’s neediest schools — in the process helping the quality of life for kids, helping the environment and contributing to [...]

    Carbon Credits for Light Bulbs

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English:  Chile is providing energy-efficient lightbulbs to the 40% of its households with low income, and is paying for the program with about US$1.4 million in carbon credits.  The carbon bonds for the Allowance Program for Lightbulb Change (PSRA) will be placed with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which plans [...]

    Honduras busca buenos hábitos de consumo de energía / Honduras Seeks to Changes Its Energy Consumption Habits

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The President, together with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and the Environment (SERNA), the Secretariat of Education (SE) and National Electrical Energy Company (ENEE), of Honduras have launched a national campaign called “Learning Rational use of Electrical Energy” (AURE) to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency.
    Beyond educational efforts to change the [...]

    Exchanging Refrigerators and Air Conditioners to Combat Climate Change

    Monday, July 9th, 2007

    The Environment Secretariat (SEA) of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) recently signed an agreement with a power company (Ampla) to initiate a program of the exchanging old refrigerators and air conditioners for new ones among the state’s poor families. A similar agreement is to be signed with Light, another power provider [...]

    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 [...]