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  • Argentina Sets Minimum Efficiency Levels for Refrigerators

    Sunday, May 24th, 2009

    Argentina is one of the few Latin American nations (along with Brazil and Mexico) which has long (since 1999) had a mandatory energy efficiency labeling program for lighting and certain household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, water heaters).  Even so, to date the mandatory labels have only been issued for refrigerators, […]

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    More Argentine WEEE Proposals

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

    And the momentum for regulating e-waste keeps on building in Argentina…
    This week saw two bills proposed in Argentina on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) this week, one at the provincial level and the other at the federal.
    At the federal level, a bill was introduced in the national congress to create […]

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    A New Sustainable Energy Program for the Caribbean / Un programa nuevo para energía sostenible en el Caribe

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports sustainable energy in the Caribbean

    Grants finance efforts to generate energy from waste, wind and sun; improve efficiency, and lower hotel energy costs

    Barbados, Bahamas and eventually other Caribbean countries will explore cutting-edge alternatives to lower their dependency on fossil fuels and improve their energy security with four grants approved […]

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    More Refrigerator Swaps in the Name of Energy Savings

    Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

    The government of the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), in cooperation with the state electricity distributor Enersul, is handling out new top-rated (see the Procel energy efficiency seal on the upper right corner of that unit being offloaded from the truck?) energy-efficient refrigerators to low-income families in three cities — 250 […]

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    Mexico Launches Massive Refrigerator, Air Conditioner Exchange Program

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Mexico is joining Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old appliances for newer, more efficient models.  President Calderón and Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) have announced a 750 million peso expansion of its Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) pilot program which it has run […]

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    Time to Turn in Your Old Refrigerators, Bogotá

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: 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 good news that at the end of April, Colombia launched the pilot phase in Bogotá of a program to encourage consumers to voluntarily turn in […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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