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    Guyana to Host Caribbean Bioenergy Seminar

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    To fully understand the antecedents for this seminar, check out prior posts on the IDB’s strategy for biofuels, the OAS’ renewed commitment to sustainable energy, and Guyana’s biofuel protential. From the Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA): Government to convene high-level bio-level seminar In light of recent reforms and growing interest in the production of bio-energy, […]

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    Power Plants Run on Grass

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

    Last week a firm based in São Paulo state, Dedini, announced the signing of an agreement with Bahia-based Sykue Bionergya Electricidade to build Brazil’s first thermoelectric plant run entirely (see below to understand why I use this qualifier) on elephant grass. [Some press blurbs erroneously reported that it will be the world’s first such plant, […]

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    Latest Round of REEEP Projects for LAC

    Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recently announced that in its sixth funding round it will fund 35 new clean energy projects, including several in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (see chart of LAC-related projects below). REEEP is “an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, […]

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    Colombia’s First Official Carbon Sequestration Through Reforestation Project

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Environment Ministry approved the first officially sanctioned reforestation project aimed at capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) as a clean development mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol. The project involves 15,000 hectares in the Chinchina River Basin in the department (similar to a state or province) of Caldas. The project […]

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    UNDP Launches Unique Carbon Facility

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has jumped into the growing carbon finance market with its own offering — carbon credits with a human development twist, as it were. UNDP says that the trouble with the current carbon market is that it tends to fund projects in only a handful of countries and with little […]

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    A Groundbreaking Carbon Deal for Bolivia / Un Convenio Innovador de Créditos de Carbono para Bolivia

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

    From the World Bank: Bolivia: Innovative Approach Will Reduce Emissions Affecting the Climate World Bank’s Community Development Carbon Fund will purchase 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent Revenues will be used for improved social services An emissions reductions purchase agreement (ERPA) was signed today between the Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which is managed by […]

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    The Carbon Market 2007, Worldwide and in LAC

    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

    At this year’s Carbon Expo, the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit released its latest annual report on the state of, and trends in, the global carbon finance market. A PDF of the report in English (so far, copies in other languages are not being offered) can be downloaded at this link. The accompanying press release […]

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    An IDB-Sponsored “Blueprint for Green Energy in the Americas”

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

    At the briefing on the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) biofuel investment plans for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Bank finally released the study it commissioned from consultant Garten Rothkopf on biofuels entitled “A Blueprint for Green Energy in the Americas.” To download the various portions of the study, follow this link. I confess […]

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    A Guide to Markets and Commercialization of CDM Forestry Projects / Una Guía sobre los mercados y la comercialización de Proyectos MDL Forestales

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    The FORMA Project has released its “Guidebook to Markets and Commercialization of Forestry CDM Projects.” The Guidebook provides an overview of forestry projects meeting clean development mechanism (CDM) criteria under the Kyoto Protocol, a description of available carbon markets, and recommendations to the project developer. In the last two years, more than US$18 billion have […]

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    Colombia Insists: We’re Serious About Climate Change

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    Just before the release of the IPPC report, the Minister for Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) held a press conference to assure everyone that global climate change is a priority issue for the Uribe Administration. The fact that Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez felt the need to do so says something. Lozano Ramírez outlined the […]

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