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    Toward a Brazilian Certification Program for Biofuel

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: At the end of July Brazil’s national certification authority, the National Institute of Meteorology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) held a consultation at their office in Rio de Janeiro on its plan to launch a Brazilian Biofuel Certification Program. The program primarily aims at helping Brazilian biofuel exports (particularly, but not exclusively, […]

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    More IDB “Infrastructure” Funds with an Environmental Twist / Mas financiamiento del BID para “infraestructura” con dimensiones ambientales / Mais financiamento do BID para “infra-estrutura” com dimensões ambientais

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced more projects that it labels as involving “sustainable” infrastructure. The projects involve the IDB’s new Infrastructure Fund (InfraFund). According to the IDB, the InfraFund is targeted to address the urgent infrastructure needs of Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the preparation and development of sustainable infrastructure projects […]

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    A Business-NGO Pact to Seek a New Brazilian Climate Change Policy

    Thursday, April 26th, 2007

    On Tuesday the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável – CEBDS), the state-owned energy giant Petrobras, the energy-cement-chemicals-cellulose conglomerate Votorantim, Greenpeace Brasil and WWF-Brasil signed a “Climate Defense Pact.” CEBDS is the Brazilian chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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    PAC’ing Brazil III: Energy, Petrochemicals and Biofuels

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental licensing. […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil: Overview & Environmental Licensing

    Friday, March 2nd, 2007

    If you are not resident in Brazil or a regular Brazil-watcher, you could be forgiven for never having heard of PAC. No! Not the video game character that chomped on “power pills” in order to consume brightly colored ghosts! Rather instead complex package of proposals from Lula’s Government intended to energize the Brazilian economy through […]

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    Should Brazil Get More Credit for Climate Change Steps Already Taken?

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    This one has been sitting in the backlog queue since November, demanding to be finished and released. Recent comments by Environment Minister Silva gave me a new reason to do so and a “hook” to hang it on besides! Just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in Paris earlier this month its […]

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